Syria’s As­sad face of new ban­knote

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

BEIRUT — A new 2,000 Syr­ian Lira ($3.9) bank note with the face of Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad went into cir­cu­la­tion Sun­day, the Syr­ian Cen­tral Bank an­nounced.

The notes are the first time Syria will de­pict Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad on its cur­rency since he took of­fice 17 years ago.

As­sad’s face ap­pears on the new ban­knotes at a time when his govern­ment is boast­ing mil­i­tary suc­cesses against the armed re­bel­lion across the coun­try.

The cur­rency pre­vi­ously only car­ried images of his­toric icons or pic­tures of his fa­ther, Hafez As­sad.

Cen­tral Bank Gover­nor Du­raid Durgham said the new bank notes were to go into cir­cu­la­tion start­ing Sun­day “due to the wear and tear” af­fect­ing cur­rency cur­rently in cir­cu­la­tion.

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