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Assad and Baath Party strategize amid civil war

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On Saturday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who also serves as the Secretary-General of the Baath Arab Socialist Party, led an extended meeting of the party’s central committee, according to official state media. 

Bashar al-Assad upon his arrival at the Damascus conference hall 

On Saturday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who also serves as the Secretary-General of the Baath Arab Socialist Party, led an extended meeting of the party’s central committee, according to official state media. The event took place in the Soviet-style Congress Palace in Damascus.

The primary agenda for the meeting was the election of members to both a new central committee and a new central leadership for the party. This restructuring comes at a critical time as Syria continues to navigate through prolonged internal conflict and international scrutiny.

Syria, under Assad's rule, remains far from a democratic state. The government, heavily supported by allies such as Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, faces significant criticism for its authoritarian practices. This support has been crucial for Assad's regime to maintain its grip on power amidst the civil unrest that has plagued the country for over a decade.

The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to catastrophic human losses, with estimates of up to half a million dead and another 8 million displaced. Despite the severe impact on the civilian population, there has been notably less international mobilization in support of Syrian civilians compared to other global crises, such as the situation in Gaza.

The lack of international response to the Syrian crisis contrasts sharply with global reactions to other regional conflicts. This discrepancy raises questions about the international community's priorities and the geopolitical factors influencing humanitarian support.

As Syria's Baath Party attempts to solidify its leadership and strategize for the future, the international community remains divided on its approach to Assad and his government. With ongoing human suffering and a complex web of international allegiances, the path forward for Syria remains fraught with challenges.

By Georges Hindo 

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