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 Death of Assad Monday, 6 January, 2003, 11:28 GMT
Bashar supporters wave placards Syrian parliament backs Bashar
The Syrian parliament proclaims Bashar al-Assad the country's new president following a referendum in which he gained 97% of the vote.
Obituary: Syria's shrewd master
The late Hafez al-Assad was a key player in Middle Eastern politics but ruled his own country through repression.
Bashar al Assad Analysis: The rise and rise of Bashar
The decision by Syria's ruling Ba'ath party congress to confirm Bashar al-Assad's presidential nomination marks a major step in his ascent to power, says Barbara Plett.
 Another obstacle for peace process?
Syria's part in the Middle East peace process will have to be put on hold while it deals with the transfer of power.
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