Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is celebrating his 54th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed political figures of his generation.
Popular political figure Bashar al-Assad has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 54th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Assad, a cultural icon
Born Bashar Hafez al-Assad in Damascus on September 11, 1965, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Syrian history. Assad's not just a great political figure, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Bashar hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Bashar al-Assad as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 54.
Happy Birthday, Bashar, you're the best!
Bashar al-Assad career in pictures
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