Nureddin al-Atassi
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.
Nureddin al-Atassi
نور الدين الأتاسي
Secretary General of the National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
In office
March 1966 – 18 November 1970
Preceded byMunif al-Razzaz
(head of unitary Ba'ath Party)
Succeeded byHafez al-Assad
Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
March 1966 – 13 November 1970
DeputySalah Jadid
Preceded byAmin al-Hafiz
(Last Regional Command dissolved in December 1965)
Succeeded byHafez al-Assad
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
March 1966 – 18 November 1970
In office
5 September 1963 – 19 December 1965
17th President of Syria
In office
25 February 1966 – 18 November 1970
Preceded byAmin al-Hafiz
Succeeded byAhmad al-Khatib
54th Prime Minister of Syria
In office
29 October 1968 – 18 November 1970
Preceded byYusuf Zuayyin
Succeeded byHafez al-Assad
Personal details
Born11 January 1929
Homs, State of Syria
Died3 December 1992 (aged 63)
Paris, France
Political partyBa'ath Party
Early life and education
Atassi was born in Homs in 1929 to the famous Al Atassi family.[1]
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.[2] 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.[3]
Arrest and death
Along with other members of the government, al-Atassi was put under arrest without trial following the coup of 1970.[4] Then he was transferred to the Mezze military prison in Damascus where he lived from 1970 to 1992.[2] 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.[2]
  1. ^ "Atassi, Nureddin (Mustafa) al-". Rulers. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Nureddin al-Atassi, 63; Former Syria President". The New York Times. p. 27.
  3. ^ "Nureddin Atassi; Ex-President of Syria, Toppled in Coup". Los Angeles Times. 5 December 1992. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Further information on medical letter writing action- Syria: Dr Nour al-Din al-Atassi and others". 7 December 1992. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
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