President holds major Cabinet reshuffle


President Bashar al-Assad has carried out a major reshuffle of his Cabinet as well as reorganizing the ministries. The reshuffle and ministry reorganization as published in the Syrian Arab New Agency (SANA) is as follows:

Cabinet of Ministers:

Dr. Riyad Hijab Prime Minister
General Dawood Rajiha Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence
Walid al-Moallem Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister
Eng. Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji Deputy Prime Minister for Services Affairs, Minister of
Local Administration
Dr. Qadri Jamil Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal
Trade and Consumer Protection
Dr. Imad Abdul-Ghani al-Sabouni Minister of Communications and Technology
Dr. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed Minister of Awqaf (Religious Endowments)
Mansour Fadlallah Azzam Minister of Presidential Affairs
Radwan Habib Minister of Justice
Let. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar Minister of Interior
Dr. Mohammad al-Jleilati Minister of Finance
Dr. Wael Nader al-Halqi Minister of Health
Eng. Hala Mohammad al-Nasser Minister of Tourism
Eng. Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis Minister of Electricity
Eng. Bassam Hanna Minister of Water Resources
Eng. Subhi Ahmad al-Abdullah Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
Dr. Mohammad Yehya Moalla Minister of Higher Education
Dr. Hazwan al-Wazz Minister of Education
Dr. Mohammad Zafer Mihbek Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade
Dr. Fuad Shukri Kurdi Minister of Industry
Dr. Mahmoud Ibrahim Said Minister of Transport
Safwan al-Assaf Minister of Housing and Urban Development
Eng. Yasser al-Sibaei Minister of Public Works
Eng. Said Mu’zi Hneidi Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources
Dr. Lubanah Mshaweh Minister of Culture
Dr. Jassim Mohammad Zakarya Minister of Social Affairs and Labour
Omran Ahed al-Zoubi Minister of Information
Dr. Ali Haidar Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs
Dr. Nazira Farah Sarkis Minister of State for Environment Affairs
Eng. Hussein Mahmoud Farzat Minister of State
Joseph Jurji Sweid Minister of State
Mohammad Turki al-Sayyed Minister of State
Najm Eddin Khreiit Minister of State
Abdullah Khalil Hussein Minister of State
Jamal Shaaban Shahin Minister of State

New Ministries:

Ministry of Water Resources replaces the former Irrigation Ministry
Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection replaces the former Ministry of Provision and Internal Trade
Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development replaces the former Ministry of Housing
Ministry of Public Works. Replaces the former Ministry of Building and Construction.

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