Nureddin Atassi

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Atassi, Nureddin


Born 1929 in Horns. Political leader in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR).

A physician by education and profession, Atassi graduated from the medical faculty of Damascus University. In 1950 he became a member of the Baath Party; he led the party organization in Homs. Atassi frequently held the post of minister of the interior in governments formed by the Baath Party. From May through October 1964 he was a member of the Presidential Council of the SAR, and from October 1964 until September 1965 he was deputy prime minister. In February 1966, Atassi became head of the government; on October 29, 1968, he became prime minister as well. In October 1966 he became secretary-general of the Party of the Arab Socialist Rebirth. Atassi paid friendly visits to the Soviet Union in May 1967 and July 1969.

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