Wife of Syria’s Assad says she is free of cancer
In a state TV interview, Asma Assad sported a short blonde bob and flashed a wide smile.
The wife of Syria’s president has said that a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she is now “completely” free of the disease.
Asma Assad, born in 1975, has gone public with her diagnosis – a rare declaration in the Arab world, where prominent figures often conceal their ailments.
Mrs Assad appeared at a military hospital, at times with husband Bashar Assad by her side.
She continued her public activities, appearing with covered hair.
In a state TV interview, Mrs Assad sported a short blonde bob and flashed a wide smile.
She encouraged women to go for regular check-ups.
The Assads have continued to present themselves as modern, forward-looking leaders, even as Syria has been convulsed by civil war ignited by a rebellion against the family’s decades-long rule.