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Biography for Shafiq Fayyad

First Name: Shafiq
Last Name: Fayyad
Place of Birth: Village of Ayb al-Arus, Jabla, Syria
Family: Shafiq is a cousin of the late president Hafez al-Assad, his mother was sister to Hafez' father Ali Sulayman al-Assad. Belongs to the Qalbiya - an Alawite clan which the president also belongs to.
Contacts: Ali Aslan; Ibrahim al-Safi; Muhammad al-Khuli
Languages: Arabic
CV: 2005 Retired 2000-05 Elected Member of the Central Committee of the Baath party, Syria Former Head of the Damascus army garrison, SyriaFormer Commander of the Third Armored Division, Syrian army 
Misc: Fayyad left his position in June 2005, along with other representatives of the old guard such as Ali Aslan and Bahjat Sulyaman. It i believed that Bashar al-Assad's reshuffle was motivated by a desire to purge the ranks of old guard cronies who had built up their own decision making apparatuses.
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