Syrian President Appoints New Premier

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Syrian state-run news agency SANA says President Bashar Assad has appointed a new prime minister to replace one who defected this week to neighboring Jordan.

Assad appointed Wael Nader al-Halqi, elevating him from the post of health minister.

Halqi is a member of Assad’s ruling Baath party and hails from the southern city of Daraa, birthplace of the Syrian uprising.

The 48-year-old held the post of secretary general of the Daraa branch of the Baath party from 2000-2004. He was appointed head of the doctors’ syndicate in 2010.

Source: WOWK TV  Photo Credit: The Hindu

Free Syrian Army soldiers seen during clashes last week with government forces at the south-west district of Salah al-Din in Aleppo, Syria. File Photo
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