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Syrian president reshuffles cabinet with five new ministers
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09:01, April 24, 2009

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assadon Thursday reshuffled the Syrian cabinet with the appointment of five new ministers and the establishment of a new ministry, the official SANA news agency reported.

The president issued a decree in which he named Saeed Sammour as the new interior minister, Ahmad Younes as the new minister of Justice, Rida Said as the new minister of health, Tamer Fouad al-Hejjeh as the new minister of local administration, and Mansour Azzam as the new minister of presidential affairs.

The Ministry of Environment, headed by Kawkab al-Sabah Dayeh, was established according to the decree, the report said.

The decree also included the appointment of Mohammed Nabil al-Khatib as chairman of the Central Commission of Inspection.

It's Assad's second major reshuffle of his government since February 2006, when Assad changed 14 posts in the Syrian cabinet, including key foreign and interior ministers.

Last year, the president replaced five ministers, including housing and electricity ministers, in another reshuffle.


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