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Daniel Nehme, Syria Politician, Dies at 78

December 8, 2003

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) _ Daniel Nehme, a member of the central leadership of Syria’s ruling political coalition, has died at age 78, the official Syrian Arab News Agency said Sunday.

SANA said Nehme, appointed a leading member of the National Progressive Front in 1972, died late Saturday from a heart ailment at the Shifaa hospital in Damascus.

The National Progressive Front is made up of seven political parties, including the Baath Party of President Bashar Assad. Nehme was also a member of the politburo of Syria’s Communist Party.

Nehme joined the Communist Party in 1944. A year later, he graduated from Damascus University and began practicing law in the Mediterranean port city of Latakia. As a communist, he was jailed several times, once for three years of hard labor starting in 1951.

He had also worked as the editor-in-chief of the Communist Party’s al-Nour magazine.

Nehme will be buried on Monday in Mashtal Hilo village near Tartous, some 144 miles northwest of Damascus. He is survived by his wife, Nadima Yassouf, their four sons and two daughters.

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