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Major Government reshuffle

April 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Politics

Syria has six new ministers tonight – including, for the first time, a Minister of the Environment. And it’s a woman – Kawkab As Sabah Dayeh.

Ten ministers – including PM Naji Otri – have just returned from a landmark trip to Iraq.

Saeed Samur is the new interior minister, replacing General Bassem Abdel Majed, who took up the role three years ago. Samur is a top level intelligence chief.

Judge Ahmed Yunis becomes justice minister.

The new health minister is Rida Saeed, who is an ophthalmologist like President Bashar Al-Assad.

Tamer al-Hijeh, a former governor of Aleppo, becomes the new minister for local administration.

And Mansur Azzam has been named Presidential Affairs Minister.

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  • 1 Jabi // Apr 24, 2009 at 2.01 am

    Do you know what are the qualifications of Kawkab As Sabah Dayeh? where did she work before this?

  • 2 Sasa // Apr 24, 2009 at 11.46 am

    She was the head of environmental and health issues at the Syrian Women’s Federation.

  • 3 pamela // Apr 25, 2009 at 7.17 am

    The trip to Iraq was indeed very important , I hope the Iraqis show some gratitude to the Syrians . Syria opened their doors to the Iraqi refugees , and the ordinary Syrians really put themseves out for them .
    If they can agree to good relations without outside interference both sides should benifit .

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