Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji

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Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
6 August 2012 – 9 August 2012
President Bashar Al-Assad
Preceded by Riyad Farid Hijab
Succeeded by Wael Nader al-Halqi
Deputy Prime Minister for Service Affairs
Assumed office
23 June 2012
Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab
Wael Nader al-Halqi
Imad Khamis
Minister of Local Administration
Assumed office
18 September 2008
Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Adel Safar
Riyad Farid Hijab
Wael Nader al-Halqi
Imad Khamis
Preceded by Hammoud al-Hussein
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Tartus, Syria
Political party Independent [1]
Alma mater Tishreen University
Religion Sunni Islam

Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji (Arabic: عمر ابراهيم غلاونجي‎‎, ‘Umar Ibrāhīm Ğalāwanjī; born 1954) is a Syrian politician who was the caretaker Prime Minister of Syria in August 2012, following the defection of Riyad Farid Hijab.

Early life and education[edit]

Ghalawanji was born in 1954 to a Sunni family residing in the Tartus Governorate.[2] He earned a degree in civil engineering from the Tishreen University in 1978.


Ghalawanji was the director of a number of the Military Housing Establishment's directorates from 1978 to 2000. He was also the deputy chairman of Lattakia City Council from 1997 to 2000. He served as the director of the General Housing Establishment, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Arab Housing Ministers Council and of the Board of Directors of the Arab Union Contracting Company.

Prime Minister[edit]

On 6 August 2012, Ghalawanji was announced as the head of a Syrian caretaker government, succeeding prime minister Riyad Farid Hijab.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Ghalawanji is married and has three daughters and a son.[citation needed]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Riyad Farid Hijab
Prime Minister of Syria

Succeeded by
Wael Nader al-Halqi