President Hafez al-Assad presiding over an early meeting of the ruling National Progressive Front (NPF) in 1973

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Left: Prime Minister Mahmud al-Ayyubi (standing), Assistant Secretary General of the Baath Abdullah al-Ahmar, unknown, Muharam Tayyara of the Socialist Unionist Party. President Assad is seated in the middle. To the right: Jamal al-Atasi president of the Arab Socialist Union (Nasserist), Khaled Bakdash secretary-general of the Syrian Communist Party, Ahmad al-Asaad the secretary general of the Unionist Socialist Democratic Party, Abdul Ghani Qannut the secretary general of the Arab Socialist Movement.