Ahmad Hassan (Syrian politician)

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Ahmad Hassan
Minister of Information
In office
2003 – 4 October 2004
PresidentBashar Assad
Prime MinisterMohammad Naji Al Otari
Preceded byAdnan Omran
Succeeded byMahdi Dakhlallah
Personal details
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

Ahmad Hassan is a Syrian diplomat and politician who served as information minister from 2003 to 2004.

Early life[edit]

Hassan hails from an Alawi family based in Tartous.[1] He was born, in 1947, in a village near Lattakia and later moved to Baniyas.[1]


Hassan served as the head of the first Baathist school in the 1960s.[1] He is a member of Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party and close to former vice president Abdul Halim Khaddam.[1] He was also an auxiliary-member of the National Leadership until 1984 when then president Hafez Assad removed the Khaddam faction from the Leadership.[1]

Hassan served as Syria's ambassador to Iran for a long time since the early 1990s until being replaced by Hamid Hassan in May 2003.[2][3] He was appointed information minister in 2003 and replaced Adnan Omran in the post.[4] Hassan's term ended in October 2004 and he was succeeded by Mahdi Dakhlallah as information minister.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Landis, Joshua (8 October 2004). "Asad's Alawi dilemma". Syria Comment. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Landis, Joshua (19 January 2005). "Islamism in Syria". Syria Comment. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  3. ^ von Maltzahn, Nadia (2015). The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East. I.B.Tauris. p. 72. ISBN 9781784531690.
  4. ^ Bar, Shmuel (2006). "Bashar's Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview" (PDF). IPS. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  5. ^ Blanford, Nicholas (6 October 2004). "Questions remain after Syrian Cabinet reshuffle". The Daily Star. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  6. ^ Eyāl Zîser (2007). Commanding Syria: Bashar Al-Asad and the First Years in Power. I.B.Tauris. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-84511-153-3. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by
Adnan Omran
Minister of Information
Succeeded by
Mahdi Dakhlallah