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SYRIA’S ASSAD ENDORSES NEW GOVERNMENT

DAMASCUS, - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, endorsed on Sunday, the new government, which maintained many of the old ministers.

On June 22, al-Assad issued a decree, tasking Minister of Electricity, Imad Khamis, with forming the new government, as the new prime minister, replacing Wael al-Halqi.

With Khamis as the new prime minister, the new government brought 14 new ministers and four ministers of state to the 32-seat cabinet.

a Few of the key ministries that received a change are the Information Ministry, which is now headed by Ramez Tarjaman, the former directer of the national Syrian TV, replacing Omran al-Zoubi. The Electricity Ministry, which was headed by Khamis in the previous government, the Industry Ministry, the Economy Ministry, the Oil Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance.

Major ministries were kept unchanged, as Fahed Jassem al-Fraij remains the Minister of Defence, and Walid al-Moallem continues to be the Foreign Minister.

The Interior Ministry also retained its old Minister, Muhammad al-Sha'ar, while the Ministry of Justice maintained Najm al-Ahmad as its minister.

The new government didn't include any of the home-based opposition figures.

The formation of a new government came, weeks after the Syrian parliament was elected, among a boycott from the opposition.

The new government is the sixth to be formed under the presidency of Bashar al-Assad, who succeeded his father in ruling the country in 2000.

The last government was formed in Aug, 2014, following the re-election of al-Assad, and was headed by al-Halqi.

Source: Name News Network