Published — Wednesday 30 January 2013
Last update 29 January 2013 7:55 pm
BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife, Asma, will have a new baby, according to a pro-regime Lebanese newspaper’s report.
Al-Akhbar claimed that it obtained such information after an interview with the Syrian embattled president, reported Al Arabia News.
The report of Asma’s pregnancy corroborates rumors by an Amman-based news website, Al-Bawaba, that she conceived in June.
The president’s wife, who was born in London, is a 37-year-old former investment banker. She has not been seen publicly for months and rumors have repeatedly surfaced that she has left Syria for personal safety reasons.
Both President Assad’s mother and sister have left the country and said to be residing in the UAE. While Assad’s sister, Bushra, left the country to the UAE in September last year, a US official confirmed on Jan. 24, 2012, that the president’s mother, Anisa Makhlouf, and other members of the regime’s inner circle fled to the Gulf country.