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Bashar al-Assad names new Syrian PM after defection as rebels regain parts of Aleppo

Αναρτήθηκε από τον/την satyrikon στο Αυγούστου 9, 2012

Originally posted on National Post | News:

BEIRUT — Syrian state-run news agency SANA says President Bashar Assad has appointed a new prime minister to replace one who defected this week to neighbouring Jordan.

Assad appointed Wael Nader al-Halqi, elevating him from the post of health minister.

Halqi is a member of Assad’s ruling Baath party and hails from the southern city of Daraa, birthplace of the Syrian uprising.

The 48-year-old held the post of secretary general of the Daraa branch of the Baath party from 2000-2004. He was appointed head of the doctors’ syndicate in 2010.

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The former premier, Riad Hijab, completed his defection by crossing into Jordan early Wednesday. His defection was a humiliating blow for Assad’s government, which he denounced as a “terrorist regime.”

“I announce today my defection from the killing and terrorist regime and I announce that I have joined the ranks of the freedom and dignity revolution,” Hijab…

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