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Syria: 'I am the real dictator', declares Asma al-Assad

Publié par Clifford Armion le 19/03/2012

Alex Spillius

Asma al-Assad, the British-born wife of Syria's president, told a friend that she was the real dictator in the family, according to leaked emails that suggest she holds a cherished place in the leader's inner circle. Despite the ambitions she expressed for liberalising Syria before the uprising, Mrs Assad, 36, displays no misgivings about the regime's bloody crackdown, which has accounted for most of the estimated 8,000 lives lost.

Her correspondence with Bashar al-Assad, his aides, friends and family portray her as highly supportive of her husband.

In an email to a family friend on Jan 10, she praised a speech the president gave for conveying a sense of being very strong, no more messing around.

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"Syria: 'I am the real dictator', declares Asma al-Assad", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 29/07/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/syria-i-am-the-real-dictator-declares-asma-al-assad