Bashar al-Assad: A New Electoral Victory
The well-educated Assad, with his background and exposure, won a global war against Syria. Ten years later, Assad is still here, a victor offering credible prospects for Syrian people and exercising sovereignty over a land liberated from foreign powers.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a second term in office after securing the absolute majority of votes in a transparent and democratic presidential election. Al-Assad has voted on Wednesday in an historic election, casting his ballot Douma. Furthermore, tens of thousands of Syrian citizens gathered all over Syria in celebration of this outstanding democratic victory.
Who is Bashar Al-Assad?
Bashar al-Assad is the 19th president of Syria. He arrived into office in 2000. As president, Assad is also commander-in-chief of the Syrian armed forces and regional secretary of the socialist Ba’ath Party in Syria. He was born on 11 September 1965 in Damascus, Syria to late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad and Anisa Makhlouf. He had one sister, Bushra al-Assad and three brothers Bassel al-Assad and Maher al-Assad, and Majd al-Assad.
An ophthalmologist Turned Famed President
Bashar received his early education in Damascus and studied medicine at the University of Damascus, graduating as an ophthalmologist in 1988. He then served as an army doctor at a Damascus military hospital and in 1992 moved to London to continue his studies. In 1994, he trained at a military academy and eventually gained the rank of colonel in the elite Republican Guard. In 2000, President Bashar married his wife, the London-born Asma Akhras. Between 2000-2011, the couple had three children.
“I was made in Syria”
Bahsar al-Assad didn’t flee his country despite imminent threat during the war on Syria. He fought side by side with Syrian army alongside his people. Bahsar al-Assad has once said “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live in Syria and die in Syria”.
“We have more difficult circumstances than most of the Arab countries but in spite of that Syria is stable. Why? Because you have to be very closely linked to the beliefs of the people. This is the core issue, “he believed.
Transition not succession
In 2000, President al-Assad won and thus began his first seven-year term as president, renewed in 2007, and in 2014. On 27 May, he is elected to a second term in office, and just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, Syria too will rise. The country is already reviving, as vast territories have been liberated from terrorists.