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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