Mohammad al-Atrash

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Mohammad Al Atrash
محمد الأطرش
Minister of Finance
In office
13 December 2001 – 10 September 2003
PresidentBashar al-Assad
Prime MinisterMuhammad Mustafa Mero
Preceded byKhalid Al Mahaini
Succeeded byMohammad Al Hussein
Personal details
Born1934 (age 84–85)
Political partyIndependent
Alma materLondon School of Economics
University of London

Mohammad Al Atrash (Arabic: محمد الأطرش‎) (born 1934) is a Syrian economist and independent politician who served as a cabinet minister in different periods.

Early life and education[edit]

Atrash was born in Tartus in 1934.[1][2] He received a bachelor's degree from London School of Economics.[3] He also holds a PhD in economics, which he received from the University of London.[1]


Atrash worked as an advisor to the World Bank.[1][4] He was the director of Syria at the Bank.[5] After public offices, Atrash began to take part in cabinet positions as an independent politician.[6] From 1980 to 1984, he served as economy minister.[3] He resigned from office due to disagreements with then-prime minister Rauf Kasim.[1] He was again named as minister of finance to the cabinet headed by Muhammad Mustafa Mero on 13 December 2001.[6][7][8] Atrash's appointment occurred as part of the cabinet reshuffle, and he replaced Khalid Al Mahaini.[3] Atrash's term lasted until 10 September 2003 and he was replaced by Mohammad Al Hussein as finance minister.[9][10][11]


Atrash is a moderate socialist and social democrat, believing in controlling the need for change.[3][12]


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  5. ^ James M. Boughton (9 October 2001). Silent Revolution: The International Monetary Fund, 1979-89 (EPub). International Monetary Fund. p. 3079. ISBN 978-1-4552-9215-8. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
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  7. ^ "Cabinet Shakeup Focuses On Economy". The New York Times. 14 December 2001. p. 8.
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  9. ^ "Events in September 2003". Rulers. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. ^ "New cabinet formed in Syria". Albawaba. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Syria's PM appoints new cabinet". BBC. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  12. ^ 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.