Syrian President Approves New Cabinet, Defense, Foreign Ministers Keep Posts

Syrian President Approves New Cabinet, Defense, Foreign Ministers Keep Posts

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian President Bashar Assad approved new cabinet headed by former Electricity Minister Imad Khamis, the Syrian president’s office said.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and Defense Minister Fahd Jassem Freij, as well as National Reconciliation Affairs Minister Ali Haidar have retained their posts, according to presidential decree number 203, as quoted by the Syrian presidential office’s official Twitter account, SANA reported.

Syria held parliamentary elections on April 15 with over 3,500 candidates contesting the 250 seats in Syria’s parliament. Ballot stations were set up in 12 of Syria’s 14 provinces, as the Northern province of Raqqa was still under the control of ISIL terrorist group and the Northwestern Idlib province was controlled by al-Nusra Front.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous militant groups across the country.

(Source / 04.07.2016)

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