Bassam Abdel Majeed

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Bassam Abdel Majeed
بسام عبد المجيد
Minister of Interior
In office
11 February 2006 – 23 April 2009
Preceded by Ghazi Kanaan
Succeeded by Said Mohammad Sammour
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 66–67)
Beer Ajam, Syria
Nationality Syrian
Political party Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Religion Sunni Islam
Military service
Rank Major General

Bassam Abdel Majeed (Arabic: بسام عبد المجيد‎‎ Basām `Abd al-Majīd) (born 1950) is a Syrian military officer, politician and diplomat.

Early life and education[edit]

Majeed is of Circassian origin,[1][2] and was born into a Sunni Muslim family in 1950 in Beer Ajam, a village in the Quneitra Governorate in southwestern Syria.[3][4] He attended Syria's Air Force Academy, graduating in 1970.[3]

Career[edit]

Majeed held several military and security posts.[3] He was director of the military police from 2003 to 2006.[1] He was appointed the interior minister of Syria on 11 February 2006,[1][5] succeeding Ghazi Kanaan.[6][7] When he was in office, Hezbollah commander Imad Mugniyeh was killed in Damascus in February 2008.[8] Majeed described the attack as "terrorist act".[9]

Majeed's term lasted until 23 April 2009 and he was replaced by Said Mohammad Sammour.[10] In October 2009, Majeed was appointed Syria's ambassador to Kuwait.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Majeed is married, and has two daughters and one son.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sami Moubayed (22 February 2006). "Strengthening the line". Al Ahram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Major cabinet reshuffle". Wikileaks. 13 February 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Landis, Joshua (11 February 2006). "The New Syrian Cabinet". Syria Comment. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biographical Data on Syria's New Ministers". Wikileaks. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Assad reshuffles cabinet amid pressure". TVNZ. 12 February 2006. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Syrian leader reshuffles cabinet". BBC. 11 February 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Syria Fills Vacancies In Cabinet Ministries". The New York Times. p. 16. 
  8. ^ "Ministerial Reshuffle Disappoints". IWPR. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Oweis, Khaled Yacoub (13 February 2008). "Killing of Hezbollah commander "terrorist act"-Syria". Reuters. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Syria: Ministerial Reshuffle Disappoints". Middle East Institute. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Syrian Ambassador to Kuwait sworn in before President Al-Assad". KUNA. Damascus. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ghazi Kanaan
Interior Minister
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Said Mohammad Sammour