al-Jamhouriya al Arabia as-Souriya
  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


For the history of Syria from 1920 to 1946 see The Statesman’s Year-Book, 1957, pp. 1408 f. Complete independence was achieved on 12 Apr. 1946. Syria merged with Egypt to form the United Arab Republic from 2 Feb. 1958 until 29 Sept. 1961, when independence was resumed following a coup the previous day. Lieut-Gen. Hafez al-Assad became Prime Minister following the fifth coup of that decade on 13 Nov. 1970, and assumed the Presidency on 22 Feb. 1971.


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