Issam Al Zaim

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Issam Al Zaim
عصام الزعيم
Minister of Industry
In office
13 December 2001 – 10 September 2003
Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa Mero
Personal details
Born 1940
Died 14 December 2007 (aged 67)
Nationality Syrian
Political party Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party

Issam Al Zaim (Arabic: عصام الزعيم‎‎) (1940 – 14 December 2007) was a Syrian economist and former minister of industry. He also served as minister of state planning.[1]


Zaim was a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research.[1] Then Zaim held the post of minister of state for planning.[1] He was appointed as minister of industry to the cabinet led by then prime minister Mohammad Mustafa Mero on 13 December 2001.[2][3] His tenure ended in 2003 when the government resigned.[1]


Zaim and his wife's assets were seized by Syrian authorities in 2003 as part of a probe into the alleged misuse of public funds by the couple.[1] He and his wife were acquitted of all charges a few months later.[1]


Zaim died of a heart attack at the age of 67 and was buried in Aleppo. He was survived by his wife and son.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Former Syrian minister al-Zaim dies at 67". International Herald Tribune; Associated Press. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Profile - Dr. Issam Al Zaim.". APS. 2002. Retrieved 9 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.