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Council of Ministers (Syria)

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

The Cabinet of Syria is the chief executive body of the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the Constitution of Syria:[1]

Section 2 The Council of Ministers
Article 118 [Cabinet]
(1) The Cabinet is the state's highest executive and administrative body. It consists of the Prime Minister, his deputies, and the ministers. It supervises the execution of the laws and regulations and the work of the state machinery and institutions.

Current cabinet

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the entire cabinet's resignation after a meeting on 29 March 2011.[2] Al-Assad then appointed outgoing Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari to continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government is appointed.[3] On 3 April 2011, Assad appointed Minister of Agriculture Adel Safar the new Prime Minister.[4] On 6 April 2011, the state-run al-Ekhbaria TV channel said that Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, Minister of Defense Dawoud Rajiha, Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mohammed Abdul-Sattar Al Sayed, and Minister of Presidential Palace Affairs Mansour Fadlallah Azzam would remain in the new cabinet.[5] On 9 April 2011, DayPress News reported the new cabinet was expected to be announced in the next week.[6] On 14 April 2011, a new cabinet was officially announced.[7][8]

On 9 February 2013, president Assad changed seven ministers in the cabinet.[9] The cabinet reshuffle included the ministries of oil, finance, social affairs, labour, housing, public works and agriculture.[10]

Office Incumbent Party Since Until
Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 11 Aug 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij Military 18 July 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Walid Muallem Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Deputy Prime Minister for Service Affairs Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Walid Muallem Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 14 April 2011
Defense Minister Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij Military 18 July 2012
Health Minister Saad Abdel-Salam al-Nayef Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Minister Ahmad al-Qadri[11] 9 February 2013
Electricity Minister Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 14 April 2011
Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Suleiman Al Abbas[11] 9 February 2013
Culture Minister Issam Khalil[12] 27 August 2014
Information Minister Dr. Omran Ahed al-Zoubi 23 June 2012
Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Minister Dr. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed 23 June 2012
Transport Minister Dr. Ghazqan Kheir Bek[12] 27 August 2014
Justice Minister Najm Hamad Al Ahmad 16 August 2012
Industry Minister Kamal Eddin Tu'ma[13] 22 August 2013
Interior Minister Major General Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar Military 14 April 2012
Communications and Technology Minister Dr. Mohammad Ghazi al-Jalali[12] 27 August 2014
Social Affairs Minister Kinda al-Shammat[11] 9 February 2013
Labor Minister Dr. Khalaf Sleiman al-Abdullah[12] 27 August 2014
Housing and Urban Development Minister Hussein Mohammad Farzat[11] Arab Socialist Movement 9 February 2013
Local Administration Minister Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji[14] 14 April 2011
Education Minister Hazwan al-Wazz 23 June 2012
Finance Minister Ismael Ismael[11] 9 February 2013
Economy and Foreign Trade Minister Dr. Humam al-Jazaeri[12] 27 August 2014
Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Hassan Safiye[12] 27 August 2014
Tourism Minister Bishr Riyad Yazigi[13] 22 August 2013
Higher Education Minister Dr. Mohammad Amer Mardini[12] 27 August 2014
Presidential Affairs Minister Mansour Fadlallah Azzam 14 April 2011
State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar[15] Syrian Social Nationalist Party 23 June 2012
State Minister for Environment Affairs Nazira Farah Sarkis 23 June 2012
Public Works Minister Hussein Arnous[11] 9 February 2013
State Minister Joseph Sweid (Suwaid) Syrian Social Nationalist Party 14 April 2011
State Minister Abdallah Khalil Hussain 23 June 2012
State Minister Dr. Hassib Elias Shammas[13] 22 August 2013
State Minister Jamal Shaaban Shaheen 14 April 2011

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ Syrian cabinet resigns as regime seeks to calm protests, The Guardian, 29 March 2011
  3. ^ Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV, BBC News, 29 March 2011
  4. ^ President al-Assad appointed Adel Safar as New PM, DayPress News, 4 April 2011
  5. ^ Syrian PM-designate starts consultations to form new cabinet, Xinhua, 6 April 2011
  6. ^ Safar continues Government-Formation, SANA, DayPress News, 9 April 2011
  7. ^ Syrian new Cabinet, DayPress News, 14 April 2011
  8. ^ Syria president appoints new government, orders protesters freed from jail, The National, 14 April 2011
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ a b c d e f
  12. ^ a b c d e f g
  13. ^ a b c
  14. ^ Syria’s New Government – Analysis, Joshua Landis, Eurasia Review, 17 April 2011
  15. ^

External links

  • official e-government website
  • The Syrian Government, SANA
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