New PM appointed
President Bashar al-Assad has appointed health minister Wael al-Halki as the new Prime Minister. He replaces Riyad Hijab who defected to the rebel cause earlier this week.
Syrian State media reported the appointment as follows:
“President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday issued Decree No. 298 on designating Dr. Nader al-Halqi as Prime Minister.
Premier al-Halqi served as the Minister of Health in the current and former government.
Dr. al-Halqi was born in Daraa,1964. He holds a medical degree from Damascus University in 1987. He served as Director of health care directorate in Jassem city between 1997 to 2000. He became Secretary of Daraa branch for al-Baath Arab Socialist Party from 2000 to 2004.In 2010; he served as Chief of Syria’s doctors. He is married with four children.”