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Farouk Al-Shara

Position: Vice President

Sanctions: US (May 20, 2011)

The United States government sanctioned al-Shara on May 20, 2011, for his role in the Syrian government’s “continuing escalation of violence against the people of Syria—including through attacks on [protesters], arrests and harassment of protesters and political activists, and repression of democratic change...”[1]

According to al-Arabiya, al-Shara is a Sunni Muslim from Dera’a who the Syrian regime thought could mediate between protesters and the government. However, Syrian activists widely view him as “just another representative of the Syrian regime.”[2]

[1]“Executive Order 13573: Blocking Property of Senior Officials of the Government of Syria,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, May 18, 2011. (

[2]Jafraa Bahaa, “Rumor of Syrian VP Taking Over from Assad Sparks Outrage, Jokes,” Al Arabiya, March 12, 2012.                                   (