Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister

Posted on:23 Jun 2016 17:56:45
Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister
23 June 2016 Current Affairs: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country on 22 June 2016.

Mr. Assad tasked Mr. Khamis with forming a new government.He is to submit his proposal for new ministerial appointments in the coming days.

The 54-year-old engineer replaces Wael al-Halqi who had held the post since August 2012.

The changes come two months after Mr. Assad's Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections dismissed internationally as a sham.

Mr. Khamis had served as Syria's minister of electricity since 2011 and is an electrical engineer by trade.

Since March 2012, he has been sanctioned by the European Union, which accuses him of sharing "responsibility for the regime's violent repression against the civilian population."

Syria's conflict began in 2011 with widespread protests demanding reform but has since escalated into a bloody civil war that has left 280,000 people dead.

According to the government, production of electricity has more than halved since the beginning of the crisis.

Bashar Hafez al-Assad : Bashar Hafez al-Assad is the President of Syria, commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces, General Secretary of the ruling Ba'ath Party and Regional Secretary of the party's branch in Syria. On 10 July 2000, he was elected president succeeding Hafez al-Assad, his father, who had led Syria for 30 years and died in office a month prior. In both the Syrian presidential election, 2000 and subsequent 2007 election, Bashar Assad received votes in his favor in the upper 90th percentile in uncontested elections where other candidates were not permitted to run against him.

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