Abdullah Dardari

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Abdullah Dardari
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Deputy Prime Minister of Syria
In office
2005 – 29 March 2011
Prime Minister Mohammed Naji al-Otari
Succeeded by Office disestablished
Personal details
Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Damascus, Syria

Abdullah Abdel Razzaq Dardari (born 1963) is a former deputy prime minister for economic affairs of Syria, and one of President Bashar Assad's closest allies and aides.

Early life and education[edit]

Dardari was born in 1963.[1] He studied economics at International Richmond University in London and received a bachelor's degree.[1] Then he obtained a master's degree in international relations from Southern California University.[1] He also holds a postgraduate research degree from the London School of Economics.[2]


Dardari is a journalist. He began his career as a journalist in Alhayat, pan-Arab daily. Then he became UNDP’s assistant resident representative in Syria from 2001 to 2003.[2] He was brought to the government first as head of the state planning commission where he served in from 2003 to 2005.[2] It was there that he started authoring Syria's 10th five year plan, seen as the blueprint of reforms in Syria from 2006 to 2011. In 2005, Dardari was appointed deputy prime minister in charge with economic affairs.[1][3] Dardari also served as minister of planning from 2006 to 2008.[2] His term ended in March 2011. The office, deputy premiership for economic affairs, was also abolished.[4] He was removed from office due to his conflict with Rami Makhlouf, Bashar Assad's cousin.[5] Dardari joined the United Nations's economic and social commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in September 2011, and began to serve as the director of the economic development and globalization division (EDGD).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Dardari is married and has three children.[1] He speaks fluent English and French,[1] and is a popular face among the elite of Syria, as well as among journalists and foreign visitors.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr. Abdallah Abdel Razzaq Dardari". Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "EDGD Chief Al Dardari Abdallah Al Dardari". ESCWA Weekly 8. 13–19 February 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Hinnebusch, Raymond (2011). "The Ba'th Party in Post-Ba'thist Syria: President, Party and the Struggle for ‘Reform’". Middle East Critique 20 (2): 109–125. doi:10.1080/19436149.2011.572408. 
  4. ^ Landis, Joshua (17 April 2011). "Syria’s New Government". Eurasia Review. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Koelbl, Susanne (25 April 2011). "Syria on the Edge of the Abyss: Assad's Regime Escalates Crackdown on Protesters". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

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