Noureddin Mustafa Ali al-Atassi
(11 January 1929 – 3 December 1992) (Arabic
: نور الدين مصطفى الأتاسي
Nūr ad-Dīn Muṣṭafā al-'Atasī
) was President of Syria
from February 1966 to November 1970.
Early life and education
Atassi was a medical doctor by training, and in that capacity aided the Algerian forces against the French in the Algerian War of Independence
. A longtime ideologue of the powerful Ba'ath Party
Atassi became its General Secretary as well as President of the Republic in 1966.
He was considered to be largely a ceremonial figurehead, with real power vested in the Deputy General Secretary, Salah Jadid
. In 1970, he was deposed along with Salah Jadid in a coup
by Hafez al-Assad
, his defense minister.
Arrest and death
Along with other members of the government, al-Atassi was put under arrest without trial following the coup of 1970.
Then he was transferred to the Mezze military prison in Damascus where he lived from 1970 to 1992.
After 22-year imprisonment, he was released and flown to Paris
to receive medical treatment in France on 22 November 1992, and died at a hospital in December 1992.
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