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==Influence on Syria==
 
==Influence on Syria==
That same year, the [[Syria]]n party’s military committee succeeded in persuading Nasserist and independent officers to make common cause with it, and successfully carried out a military coup on 8 March. A National Revolutionary Command Council took control and assigned itself legislative power; it appointed [[Salah al-Din al-Bitar]] as head of a "national front" government. The Ba'th participated in this government along with the Arab Nationalist Movement, the United Arab Front and the Socialist Unity Movement.
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That same year, the [[Syria]]n party’s military committee succeeded in persuading [[Nasserist]] and independent officers to make common cause with it, and successfully carried out a military coup on 8 March. A National Revolutionary Command Council took control and assigned itself legislative power; it appointed [[Salah al-Din al-Bitar]] as head of a "national front" government. The Ba'th participated in this government along with the Arab Nationalist Movement, the United Arab Front and the Socialist Unity Movement.
   
 
As historian [[Hanna Batatu]] notes, this took place without the fundamental disagreement over immediate or "considered" reunification having been resolved. The Ba'ath moved to consolidate its power within the new regime, purging Nasserist officers in April. Subsequent disturbances led to the fall of the al-Bitar government, and in the aftermath of [[Jasim Alwan]]’s failed Nasserist coup in July, the Ba'th monopolized power.
 
As historian [[Hanna Batatu]] notes, this took place without the fundamental disagreement over immediate or "considered" reunification having been resolved. The Ba'ath moved to consolidate its power within the new regime, purging Nasserist officers in April. Subsequent disturbances led to the fall of the al-Bitar government, and in the aftermath of [[Jasim Alwan]]’s failed Nasserist coup in July, the Ba'th monopolized power.

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