New Prime Minister for Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 06/06/12)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has named Riyad Hijab as his new
prime minister in what may be the waning days of his administration.
More than 13,500 Syrians – mostly civilians – have been killed in the
growing civil war that began in March 2011 with the Arab Spring
uprising, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human
Assad has so far broken every agreement made with every regional and
international body that has attempted to intervene to stop the
government-driven violence, in a manner similar to that of the late
Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi -- whose regime was overthrown and
who then was murdered by the rebel forces who captured him.
The announcement of Hijab´s appointment was made on state-run
television and confirmed by Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad
Makdissi on the Twitter social networking site in a tweet that
said, “Dr. Riyad Hijab is the new prime minister of Syria and will
form the new government.”
Hijab, who has served as Minister of Agriculture since April 2011, is
46 years old and a top member of the country´s ruling Baath Party.
A steadfast Assad loyalist, Hijab is a resident of the primarily
Sunni Muslim city of Deir al-Zour, where the United Nations hopes to
open one of three field offices to facilitate movement of
Hijab holds a PhD in engineering, is married with four children, and
has served in the past as the governor of Quneitra province, near
Israel´s northern border.
The appointment came following a vote by the country´s new
parliament, which entered office on May 7 in elections that were
boycotted by opposition groups. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/06/12)
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