Abdul Halim Khaddam

Syrian politician (1932-2020)

Abdul Halim Khaddam (audio speaker iconpronunciation  AHB-dl hah-LEEM kah-DAM (Arabic: عبد الحليم خدام; 15 September 1932 – 31 March 2020) was a Syrian politician.

Abdul Halim Khaddam
عبدالحليم خدام
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Vice President of Syria
In office
March 1984 – 6 June 2005
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria
In office
10 June 2000 – 17 July 2000
Preceded byHafez al-Assad
Succeeded byBashar al-Assad
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Preceded byMustapha al-Said
Succeeded byFarouk al-Sharaa
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
13 November 1970 – 9 June 2005
Personal details
Born(1932-09-15)15 September 1932
Baniyas, Syria
Died31 March 2020(2020-03-31) (aged 87)
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party (until 2006)
National Salvation Front in Syria (2006 onwords)

Khaddam was Vice President of Syria from 1984 to 2005. He was one of the few Sunni Muslims to make it to the top of the Alawite-dominated Syrian leadership. He was long known as a loyalist of Hafez al-Assad, and held a strong position within the Syrian government[1] until he resigned his positions and fled the country in 2005 in protest against certain policies of Hafez's son and successor, Bashar al-Assad.

He served as interim President of Syria from 10 June 2000 to 17 July 2000 when Hafez al-Assad died in June 2000. He was later replaced by Bashar al-Assad.

Khaddam died on 31 March 2020 in France of a heart attack, aged 87.[2]


  1. "Profile: Abdul Halim Khaddam". BBC. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  2. "Former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam passes away in France". Archived from the original on 2020-03-31. Retrieved 2020-03-31.