1938 – Syria’s Prime Minister was born in Khirbat Ghazalah, a village 75 miles south of Damascus, Syria, in the Hauran region.
1981 – He was Speaker of the Parliament from 1981 prior to being Prime Minister and was considered to be very close to President Hafez al-Assad until his sudden fall from grace.
1987 – He became the Prime Minister of Syria.
1996 – He and several senior Ministers were officially accused of receiving illegal commissions of the order of US$124 million in relation to the purchase of six Airbus 320-200 passenger jets for Syrian Airlines.
2000 – While under house arrest, he committed suicide by gunshot rather than face trial.