Wael Nader al-Halqi

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Wael Nader Al-Halqi
Prime Minister of Syria
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 August 2012
President Bashar Assad
Deputy Fahd Jassem al-Freij
Walid Muallem
Preceded by Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji (Acting)
Minister of Health
In office
14 April 2011 – 26 August 2012
Prime Minister Adel Safar
Riyad Farid Hijab
Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji (Acting)
Preceded by Rida Adnan Said
Succeeded by Saad Abdel-Salam al-Nayef
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 July 2013
Personal details
Born 1964 (age 49–50)
Jasim, Syria
Political party Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Other political
affiliations
National Progressive Front
Alma mater Damascus University
Religion Sunni Islam

Wael Nader Al-Halqi (Arabic: وائل نادر الحلقي‎, born 1964) is the Prime Minister of Syria.[1] He was appointed to the position on 9 August 2012 after serving as Minister of Health.

Early life and education[edit]

Halqi was born in Jasim in the Daraa Governorate in 1964 into a Sunni Muslim family.[2][3] He earned a degree in medicine (MD) from the University of Damascus in 1987 and a master's degree in gynaecology and obstetrics again from the University of Damascus in 1991.[4]

Career[edit]

Halqi served as director of primary health care in Jasim from 1997 to 2000 and was secretary of the Daraa branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party from 2000 to 2004.[4] He served as the director of health in Daraa, and in 2010, was appointed head of Syria's doctors.[4] He was appointed prime minister of Syria on 9 August 2012 by President Bashar Assad, after his predecessor Riyad Farid Hijab fled to Jordan and declared his allegiance to the Syrian opposition.[5]

Assassination attempt[edit]

In April 2013, Halqi survived an apparent assassination attempt by car bombing in the Mezzeh district of Damascus.[6][7] The assassination attempt killed six people.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Halqi is married and has four children.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syrian prime minister to visit Iran". Tehran Times. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Assad appoints health minister Wael al-Halki as new PM". Mpelembe (Damascus). Reuters. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister". Al Jazeera. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Tamayo, Carolina (9 August 2012). "Syria's Assad appoints new PM after defection". NTN 24. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister". Al Jazeera. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Syria crisis: PM Halaqi 'survives Damascus car bombing'". BBC News. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Matthew Weaver (29 April 2013). "Syria crisis: PM 'survives' Damascus bomb attack - live updates". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Six die but Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survives bomb attack on convoy in Damascus The Independent
Political offices
Preceded by
Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji
Acting
Prime Minister of Syria
2012–present
Incumbent