Abdul Rauf al-Kasm

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Abdul Rauf al-Kasm
عبد الرؤوف الكسم
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
9 January 1980 – 1 November 1987
PresidentHafez al-Assad
Preceded byMuhammad Ali al-Halabi
Succeeded byMahmoud Zuabi
Personal details
Born1932 (age 85–86)
Damascus, Syria
Political partySyrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Other political
National Progressive Front

Abdul Rauf al-Kasm (Arabic: عبد الرؤوف الكسم‎) (born 1932) is a Syrian architect, academic and politician who served as prime minister of Syria during the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Kasm was born in Damascus in 1932.[1][2]


Kasm was professor of architecture at Damascus University. He was a member of the Baath Party.[2] He served as Prime Minister of Syria from 9 January 1980 to 1 November 1987 under the presidency of Hafez Al-Asad.[1] Enjoying full support of president Assad, Kasm tried to end corruption by senior officers. However, his clash with then defense minister Mustafa Tlass led his removal from office in 1987.[2] After leaving office, he served as a senior consultant for national security.


  1. ^ a b "Syria". World Statesmen. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Ray Hinnesbusch (2002). Syria: Revolution from Above. Routledge. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-415-28568-1. Retrieved 15 March 2013.