SYRIAN PRESIDENT NOW ON CURRENCY
A new 2,000 Syrian lira ($3.90 U.S.) bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad on it went into circulation Sunday, the Syrian Central Bank announced.
It’s the first time Assad has been pictured on Syrian currency since he took office 17 years ago.
Assad’s face appears on the new bank notes at a time when his government is boasting military success against the armed rebellion across the country. The currency previously carried images of historic icons or pictures of his father, Hafez Assad.
Central Bank Gov. Duraid Durgham said the new bank notes were introduced because of “the wear and tear” affecting currency that had been in circulation.
Syrian currency has crashed as the country’s seven-year war rages on. Trading at 47 liras to the U.S. dollar in 2011, it’s now going for 517 liras to the dollar. Also, inflation in Syria has soared. ●●●