Ali Haidar (politician)

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Ali Haidar
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State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs
Assumed office
23 June 2011
Leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Hama, Syria
Political party Syrian Social Nationalist Party
Children 2
Alma mater University of Damascus

Ali Haidar (born 1962) is a Syrian politician who is the leader of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, and since June 2011 the Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs.

Early life[edit]

Ali Haidar was born in Hama in 1962. He studied ophthalmology at the Damascus University, and specialized in surgery and eye diseases.[1] Whilst studying ophthalmology he was classmates with Bashar al-Assad.[2] He graduated from Damascus University in 1994.[1]


In 2012, Haidar led his party into the Popular Front for Change and Liberation coalition of non-Ba'athist parties in the Syrian parliament. Haidar is one of two non-Ba'athist candidates elected to Parliament in May 2012 who were given ministerial posts, the other being Jamil Qadri. Ali Haidar's claims his goal is to search for a pluralistic political solution through reconciliation, involving all "moderate" parties mutually recognizing each other's right to participate in society and government, while excluding "extremists".[citation needed] On 12 February 2013, Haidar stated in a press briefing that the Syrian government can hold talks with head of Syrian opposition, Moaz al Khatib.[3] These talks did not transpire. Haidar announced in May 2014 that his party was withdrawing from the Popular Front for Change and Liberation over discrepancy in positions towards the presidential election; his SSNP supported the re-election of Bashar al-Assad.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Haidar is married and has two children.[1] His son Ismail was murdered on 2 May 2012 alongside SSNP member Fadi Atawneh on the al-Mahnaya junction on the road between Homs and Masyaf when their car was ambushed by members of the Syrian armed opposition.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs: Dr. Ali Haidar". Syrian Arab News Agency. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Aziz, Jean (22 February 2013). "Syrian Government Insists: No Conditions on Dialogue". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Syrian minister confirms readiness for talks with opposition". Xinhua. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "SSNP Supports Bashar al-Assad’s Presidential Nomination". 7 May 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Son of SSNP leader slain in Syria". Al-Akhbar. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Syrian forces raid university – Thursday 3 May". The Guardian. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013.