Ibrahim Makhous, head of the Syrian Democratic Socialist Baath Party died on Wednesday in exile in Algeria. He was 88.
Makhous had been suffering from a long illness.
Makhous, who served as Syria's foreign minister in the government after the separation of the Syrian and Egyptian unity, was one of the leaders of the Baath Party. Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad expelled him after he seized power in 1970, when Makhous fled to Algeria, where he continued to work as a surgeon.
On 14 April 2011, Makhous voiced his criticism of the Syrian regime, describing President Bashar Assad as lacking experience in crisis management, and saying he considered what was happening in the country as an unprecedented civil war.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer