Bashar al-Assad names new Syrian PM after defection as rebels regain parts of Aleppo
Posted by satyrikon στο Αύγουστος 9, 2012
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.
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 said in a…
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