Syrian PM-designate starts consultations to form new cabinet

15:13, April 06, 2011      

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Syrian Prime Minister-designate Adel Safar has started his consultations to form a new cabinet amid speculations that four ministers from the former cabinet would keep their posts, Damascus Press local news website reported on Tuesday.

The report said Safar met some members of parties affiliated with the National Command, a branch of the ruling al-Baath party, and many law experts to discuss the upcoming cabinet program.

It added that Safar also discussed with them the mechanisms that should be adopted to go on with the political and social reforms, the recent developments and "the procedures needed to end sedition and restore security and stability in Syria."

Private daily newspaper Al-Watan said a draft party law would be soon publicly discussed.

There are 10 pro-government political parties controlled by Al- Baath party.

In the same context, the state-run al-Ekhbaria TV channel said that four ministers from the former cabinet would keep their posts in the new cabinet, including Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, as well as the minister of defense, minister of endowment and religious affairs, and minister of presidential palace affairs.

Source: Xinhua
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