Assad issues Decree on Forming the New Syrian Government

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has issued the decree of the formation of a new government in Damascus, made up of 29 ministers, The Syrian Times writes.
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President Bashar al-Assad issued on Tuesday Decree No. 208 for 2021 on forming the new Syrian government, chaired by Prime Minister Hussein Arnous.

The Cabinet members are:

Prime Minister: Eng. Hussein Arnous

Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister: Ali Abdullah Ayoub

Minister of Awqaf (Endowments): Mohammad Abdul Sattar al-Sayed

Minister of Presidency Affairs: Mansour Azzam

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates: Faisal al-Mekdad

Minister of Information: Boutrus al-Hallaq

Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade: Mohammad Samer al-Khalil

Minister of Local Administration and Environment: Hussein Makhlouf

Minister of Administrative Development: Salam Saffaf

Interior Minister: Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun

Minister of Health: Hassan al-Ghabbash

Minister of Tourism: Mohammad Rami Martini

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research: Bassam Ibrahim

Minister of Housing and Public Works: Suheil Abdul Latif

Minister of Communications and Technology: Eyad al-Khatieb

Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection: Amro Salem

Minister of Industry: Ziad Sabbagh

Minister of Culture: Lubana Mshaweh

Minister of Education: Darem Tabbaa

Minister of Justice: Ahmad Al-Sayyed

Minister of Water Resources: Tammam Raad

Minister of Finance Kinan Yaghi

Minister of Transport: Zuheir Khzeim

Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources: Bassam Tou’meh

Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform: Mohammad Hassan Qatana

Minister of Electricity: Ghassan al-Zamel

Minister of State: Mohammad Fayez al-Barsha

Minister of State: Abdullah Abdullah

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs: Mohammad Seif El-Din

Minister of State: Diyala Barakat

Comment from The Observer:

  • Assad also appointed Dr. Fadi Salti al-Khalil, professor at the Faculty of Economics at Damascus University, as Chairman of Planning and International Cooperation Commission.
  • The majority of ministers retained their positions. Only five new ministers were added, including Boutros Hallaq, Minister of Information, replacing Imad Sarah (which came as a surprise to many observers);  Muhammad Seif al-Din, for Social Affairs, replacing Salwa Abdullah; Amro Salem, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, replacing Talal Al-Barazi. Two other new members do not hold a portfolio, including Abdallah Abdallah, a candidate who challenged Assad in the presidential elections, and Diala Barakat.
  • Amro Salem was minister of telecommunications in a previous cabinet.

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