Bashar Al-AssadPresident of Syria

Bashar al-Assad, son of Hafez al-Assad, is the President of Syria. He was elected in 2000 after the death of his father, and received 95-99% of the vote. However, he was the only allowed candidate. Bashar was not originally supposed to be his father's successor; it was supposed to be his brother, Bassel. However, when Bassel was killed in a car crash, Bashar was the next in line. Bashar never planned on being the President, and was shy, somewhat nerdy, and lacked any skills necessary for leading people. In fact, he finished his studies to be an ophthalmologist in England in 1992 until he returned to Syria when his brother died. He entered the Military Academy and was placed in control of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon in 1998. He was elected two years later.

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