President of Syria
|President of the
Syrian Arab Republic
|Residence||People's Palace & Tishreen Palace, Damascus|
|Term length||Seven years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Shukri al-Quwatli|
|Formation||17 April 1946|
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The President of Syria 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.
Term of office
The Constitution of Syria allows the President to run for a 7-year term, which can be renewed once.
According to articles 84 and 85 of the Syrian constitution, the candidate for the office of President of the Republic must:
- Acquire the support of at least 35 members of the People's Assembly
- Be above the age of 40
- Have lived continuously in Syria for 10 years before the election
- Be Syrian by birth, of parents who are Syrians by birth
- Not be married to a non-Syrian spouse
Also, the Constitution is stating that "The President has to be part of the Muslim faith".
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
|Bashar al-Assad||Ba'ath Party||10,319,723||88.7|
|Source: SANA, SANA|
- "The President and the Cabinet"
- Article 88 of the the Syrian Constitution
- Article 3 of the Syrian Constitution