Council of Ministers (Syria)

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Coordinates: 33°30′9.00″N 36°16′10.62″E / 33.5025000°N 36.2696167°E / 33.5025000; 36.2696167 The Cabinet of Syria is the chief executive body of the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the Constitution of Syria:[1]

Section 2 The Council of Ministers

Article 118 [Cabinet]
(1) The Cabinet is the state's highest executive and administrative body. It consists of the Prime Minister, his deputies, and the ministers. It supervises the execution of the laws and regulations and the work of the state machinery and institutions.

Current cabinet[edit]

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the entire cabinet's resignation after a meeting on 29 March 2011.[2] Al-Assad then appointed outgoing Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari to continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government is appointed.[3] On 3 April 2011, Assad appointed Minister of Agriculture Adel Safar the new Prime Minister.[4] On 6 April 2011, the state-run al-Ekhbaria TV channel said that Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, Minister of Defense Dawoud Rajiha, Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mohammed Abdul-Sattar Al Sayed, and Minister of Presidential Palace Affairs Mansour Fadlallah Azzam would remain in the new cabinet.[5] On 9 April 2011, DayPress News reported the new cabinet was expected to be announced in the next week.[6] On 14 April 2011, a new cabinet was officially announced.[7][8]

On 9 February 2013, president Assad changed seven ministers in the cabinet.[9] The cabinet reshuffle included the ministries of oil, finance, social affairs, labour, housing, public works and agriculture.[10]

In July 2016 president Assad issued Decree no. 203 for 2016 which listed the new Syrian government.[11]

Office Incumbent Party Since Until
Prime Minister Imad Khamis[12] (born 1961) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Defense Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (born 1952) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 1 January 2018
Deputy Prime Minister Walid Muallem (born 1941) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Walid Muallem (born 1941) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 14 April 2011
Health Minister Nizar Wahbeh al-Yaziji (born 1961) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 27 August 2014
Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Minister Ahmad al-Qadri[13] (born 1956) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 9 February 2013
Electricity Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli[12] (born 1960) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Ghanem[12] (born 1963) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Culture Minister Mohammad al-Ahmad[12] (born 1961) 3 July 2016
Information Minister Imad Abullah Sarah (born 1968) 1 January 2018
Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Minister Dr. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed (born 1958) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Transport Minister Ali Hammoud[12] (born 1964) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Justice Minister Hisham al-Sha’ar (born 1958) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 29 March 2017
Industry Minister Ahmad al-Hamou[12] (born 1947) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Interior Minister Major General Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar (born 1950) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 14 April 2012
Communications and Technology Minister Ali al-Zafir[12] (born 1962) 3 July 2016
Social Affairs Minister Rima al-Qadiri[14] (born 1963) 20 August 2015
Labor Minister Dr. Khalaf Sleiman al-Abdullah[15] 27 August 2014
Housing and Urban Development Minister Hussein Arnous[13] (born 1953) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 9 February 2013
Local Administration Minister Hussein Makhlouf[12] (born 1964) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Education Minister Hazwan al-Wazz (born 1962) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Finance Minister Maamoun Hamdan[12] (born 1958) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Economy and Foreign Trade Minister Mohammad Samer al-Khalil[12] (born 1977) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 29 March 2017
Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharbi[12] (born 1962) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Tourism Minister Bishr Riyad Yaziji[16] (born 1972) 22 August 2013
Higher Education Minister Atef Naddaf[12] (born 1956) Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Presidential Affairs Minister Mansour Fadlallah Azzam (born 1960) 14 April 2011
State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar[17] (born 1962) Syrian Social Nationalist Party 23 June 2012
State Minister for Environment Affairs Nazira Farah Sarkis (born 1962) 23 June 2012
State Minister Joseph Sweid (born 1958) Syrian Social Nationalist Party 14 April 2011
State Minister Abdallah Khalil Hussain Syrian Communist Party (Bakdash) 23 June 2012
State Minister Dr. Hassib Elias Shammas[16] 22 August 2013
State Minister Jamal Shaaban Shaheen 14 April 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English Translation of the Syrian Constitution". Qordoba. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  2. ^ Syrian cabinet resigns as regime seeks to calm protests, The Guardian, 29 March 2011
  3. ^ Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV, BBC News, 29 March 2011
  4. ^ President al-Assad appointed Adel Safar as New PM, DayPress News, 4 April 2011
  5. ^ Syrian PM-designate starts consultations to form new cabinet, Xinhua, 6 April 2011
  6. ^ Safar continues Government-Formation, SANA, DayPress News, 9 April 2011
  7. ^ Syrian new Cabinet, DayPress News, 14 April 2011
  8. ^ Syria president appoints new government, orders protesters freed from jail, The National, 14 April 2011
  9. ^ "Cabinet Shift Within Syria Seems Aimed at Economy". The New York Times. Damascus. AP. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Syrian president reshuffles economic Cabinet posts". Al Jazeera. AP. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  11. ^ "President al-Assad issues Decree no. 203 forming the new Syrian government 3 July 2016". SANA. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l ""New Syrian Government Formed". Syria Times. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  13. ^ a b "President al-Assad Issues Two Decrees Nominating New Ministers, Establishing Two Ministers". SANA. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  14. ^ "President al-Assad appoints new ministers of Social Affairs and Internal Trade and Consumer Protection – Syrian Arab News Agency".
  15. ^ "syriatimes.sy - President Al-Assad Issues a Decree on Forming the New Syrian Government". syriatimes.sy. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  16. ^ a b "President al-Assad issues cabinet reshuffle decree". SANA. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  17. ^ "Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs: Dr. Ali Haidar". SANA. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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