The president of Syria, officially the president of the Syrian Arab Republic (Arabic: رئيس سوريا; French: Président de la Syrie), is the head of state of the Syrian Arab Republic. He is vested with sweeping powers that may be delegated, at his sole discretion, to his vice presidents. He appoints and dismisses the prime minister and other members of the Council of Ministers (the cabinet) and military officers. Bashar al-Assad is the 20th and current president of Syria. Bashar is the son of former president, Hafez al-Assad, who was the longest-serving president serving 29 years. Bashar is currently the second longest-serving president marking the 20th year of his presidency in 2020 when he entered the post on 17 July 2000.

Term of office

Article 88 of the 2012 constitution states that the President serves a seven year term and "can be elected for only one more successive term." Article 155 states that Article 88 applies to the President "as of the next presidential elections."

Eligibility criteria

On 31 January 1973, Hafez al-Assad implemented a new Constitution, which led to a national crisis. Unlike previous constitutions, this one did not require that the president of Syria must be a Muslim, leading to fierce demonstrations in Hama, Homs and Aleppo organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and the ''ulama''. They labeled Assad as the "enemy of God" and called for a ''jihad'' against his rule. Robert D. Kaplan has compared Assad's coming to power to "an untouchable becoming maharajah in India or a Jew becoming tsar in Russia—an unprecedented development shocking to the Sunni majority population which had monopolized power for so many centuries." The main objection to the constitution from demonstrators was that Islam was not specified as the state religion."Further rioting in Syria reported"
''The New York Times''. February 28, 1973.
In response to riots, the Syrian Constitution of 1973 was amended to stipulate that Islam was the religion of the president. A new constitution was approved in February 2012.MacFarquhar, Neil; Cowell, Alan (February 27, 2012)
"Syrians Said to Approve Charter as Battles Go On"
''The New York Times''.
Article 84 of Syria's 2012 constitution requires that candidates for the presidency must: #Be at least 40 years old #Be Syrian by birth, of parents who are Syrians by birth #Enjoy civil and political rights and not convicted of a dishonorable felony, even if he was reinstated #Not be married to a non-Syrian wife #Have lived in Syria for 10 years continuously upon nomination Further eligibility requirements in the 2012 constitution include: *The religion of the President is Islam (Article 3) *A candidate must be supported by at least 35 members of the People's Assembly (Article 85) *The President cannot carry another nationality (Article 152)


Apart from executive authority relating to a wide range of governmental functions including foreign affairs, the president has the right to dissolve the People's Council, in which case a new council must be elected within ninety days from the date of dissolution.

List of presidents

Latest election


External links

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