DAMASCUS, Feb 9 (KUNA) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday
issued a decree reshuffling the cabinet of Wael Al-Halqi.
The decree named Hussein Farzat as Minister of Housing and Construction
Development, Hussein Arnous as Minister of Public Works, Hassan Hijazi as
Minister of Labor, Ahmad Al-Qadri as Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian
Al-Assad also appointed Suleiman Al-Abbas as Minister of Petroleum and
Mineral Resources, Ismael Ismael as Finance Minister, Dr. Kinda al-Shammat as
Minister of Social Affairs, according to the state-run news agency, SANA.
The Cabinet members who were dismissed were Mohammed Julailati who served
as minister of finance, Subhi Al-Abdullah who held the portfolio of
agriculture, Safwan Al-Assaf who was minster of housing and development, Saeed
Huneidi who held the oil post, Jassem Zakaria who was in charge of social
affairs and labor, Hussein Farzat who was minister of state. Te latter was
named in the reshuffle as responsible for housing and construction development.
The president also issued another decree establishing two ministries;
Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Labor. (end)
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