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Ahmad Hasan al-Khatib
(1933–1982) was a Syrian politician. He was a ceremonial head of state of Syria
Syria , officially the Syrian Arab Republic , is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the West, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest....
(November 18, 1970 - February 22, 1971) appointed by Hafez al-Assad
Hafez ibn 'Ali ibn Sulayman al-Assad or more commonly Hafez al-Assad was the President of Syria for three decades. Assad's rule consolidated the power of the central government after decades of coups and counter-coups, such as Operation Wappen in 1957 conducted by the Eisenhower administration and...
to replace the ousted president Nureddin al-Atassi
Noureddin Mohammed Ali al-Atassi was President of Syria from February 1966 to November 1970...
. al-Khatib was a civilian member of the ruling Baath party
The Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party was a political party mixing Arab nationalist and Arab socialist interests, opposed to Western imperialism, and calling for the renaissance or resurrection and unification of the Arab world into a single state. Ba'ath is also spelled Ba'th or Baath and means...
and served as president for only four months. His position was subsequently filled by Assad. He then became the speaker of the Syrian parliament. (February 22, 1971 - December 26, 1971). He died in Damascus, Syria in 1982.