When he dies the title is passed to his son like these people were kings of old. Now the whole opporation runs like a crime family with a bunch of mass murder on the side.
Assad is not a better alternative to anything. Look what he's lead the country into!
And CNN told you this right?
Bashar al-Assad has been President since 2000. Syria had 10 Presidents during the 52 year existence of the Syrian Arab Republic. 2 of which were relatives, shall I remind you of US presidents now? or just skip ahead to the good part:
Who is actually leading the government in Syria? not President Bashar al-Assad, he's the head of state, the head of government is the Prime Minister: Wael Nader Al-Halq is Sunni
Yeh but that doesn't count right, evil dictatorship special game rules, if Assad falls another Alawite will take charge, except that Vice President Najah al-Attar (a woman no less) is Sunni and Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa is Sunni
Deputy Prime Minister - Fahd Jassem al-Freij - Sunni
Minister of Foreign Affairs Walid Muallem - Sunni
Interior Minister - Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar - Sunni
Defense Minister - Fahd Jassem al-Freij - Sunni
But obviously just like in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the majority of the government are all family members of the dictator clan, actually 0 relatives of Assad hold a position in the government, some do play a role in the Military but there have been conflicts in the family during Hafez's time so this is certainly not a Gulf state Corleone family system.
The actual government in Syria counts 32 ministries, 14 of which are filled by Shia, 14 by Sunni (among which 3 Kurds and 1 Palestenian), 3 by Orthodox Christians, 1 by Druze.
Care to see what a real crime family running a country looks like?
Prime Minister - King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Defense -Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Second Deputy Prime Minister - Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Interior - Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud
Minister of Foreign Affairs - Saud bin Faisal Al Saud
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs - Mansour bin Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Minister of Education - Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Saud
Minister of State - Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Commander of the Saudi National Guard - Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
On 12 September 2001 in most countries around the world, flags were lowed half-mast including those of the Syrian Arab Republic, Iran and even Hezbollah to pay respect to the victims, the United Nations in New York City did the same, WITH ONE EXCEPTION, Saudi Arabia refused.
This is the result of the might of oil, the ignorance of Wahhabism, and the cruelty of a crime family, but maybe most importantly Western greed for allowing it.