As the civil war
continues to claim lives on a daily basis, President Bashar Assad
has found the time to place his portrait on a new 2,000-pound banknote, Saudi network al-Arabiya reported Wednesday.
This is the first time that Assad puts his name on a banknote since the death of his father, former President Hafez Assad in 2000. Since taking power, Assad Jr. has not made any changes in the portraits appearing on Syrian banknotes, settling for the ones of his late father.
New banknote. Coming soon to banks across Syria
The picture of the new banknote has already been posted on social networks, and the bill itself is expected to be launched into the Syrian market in early February.
According to the al-Arabiya report, the new banknote – which has no value outside the country – was printed by Russia.
The Saudi network said the printing of the new bill pointed to the grim situation of the Syrian pound, considering the fact that the last printed banknote was worth 1,000 pounds.