Nureddin al-Atassi

Nureddin al-Atassi
نور الدين الأتاسي
Secretary General of the National Command of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
In office
March 1966  17 November 1970
Preceded by Munif al-Razzaz
(head of unitary Ba'ath Party)
Succeeded by Hafez al-Assad
Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
March 1966  13 November 1970
Deputy Salah Jadid
Preceded by Amin al-Hafiz
(Last Regional Command dissolved in December 1965)
Succeeded by Hafez al-Assad
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
March 1966  17 November 1970
In office
5 September 1963  19 December 1965
President of Syria
In office
25 February 1966  17 October 1970
Preceded by Amin al-Hafiz
Succeeded by Ahmad al-Khatib
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
29 October 1968  17 October 1970
Preceded by Yusuf Zuayyin
Succeeded by Hafez al-Assad
Personal details
Born 1929
Homs, Syria
Died 3 December 1992 (aged 63)
Paris, France
Political party Ba'ath Party
Religion Sunni Islam

Noureddin Mustafa Ali al-Atassi (1929 3 December 1992) (Arabic: نور الدين بن محمد علي الأتاسي Nūr ad-Dīn Muṣṭafā al-'Atasī) was President of Syria from February 1966 to November 1970.

Early life and education

Atassi was born in Homs in 1929 to the famous Al Atassi family.[1]


Atassi was a medical doctor by training, and in that capacity aided the Algerian forces against the French in the Algerian War of Independence. Though a long-time ideologue of the powerful Baath Party Atassi became its General Secretary as well as President of the Republic in 1966.[2] He was considered to be largely a ceremonial figurehead, with real power vested in the Deputy General Secretary, Salah Jadid. In 1970, he was deposed along with Salah Jadid in a coup by Hafez al-Assad, his defense minister.[3]

Arrest and death

Atassi was put under house arrest without trial.[4] Then he was transferred to the Mezze military prison in Damascus where he lived from 1970 to 1992.[2] After 22-year imprisonment, he was released and flown to Paris to receive medical treatment in France on 22 November 1992, and died at a hospital in December 1992.[2]


  1. "Atassi, Nureddin (Mustafa) al-". Rulers. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 "Nureddin al-Atassi, 63; Former Syria President". The New York Times. p. 27.
  3. "Nureddin Atassi; Ex-President of Syria, Toppled in Coup". The Los Angeles Times. 5 December 1992. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  4. "Further information on medical letter writing action- Syria: Dr Nour al-Din al-Atassi and others". 7 December 1992. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
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