Council of Ministers (Syria)

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Coordinates: 33°30′9.00″N 36°16′10.62″E / 33.5025000°N 36.2696167°E / 33.5025000; 36.2696167 The Cabinet of Syria is the chief executive body of the Syrian Arab Republic. According to the Constitution of Syria:[1]

Section 2 The Council of Ministers
Article 118 [Cabinet]
(1) The Cabinet is the state's highest executive and administrative body. It consists of the Prime Minister, his deputies, and the ministers. It supervises the execution of the laws and regulations and the work of the state machinery and institutions.

Current cabinet

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the entire cabinet's resignation after a meeting on 29 March 2011.[2] Al-Assad then appointed outgoing Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari to continue as caretaker prime minister until a new government is appointed.[3] On 3 April 2011, Assad appointed Minister of Agriculture Adel Safar the new Prime Minister.[4] On 6 April 2011, the state-run al-Ekhbaria TV channel said that Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, Minister of Defense Dawoud Rajiha, Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mohammed Abdul-Sattar Al Sayed, and Minister of Presidential Palace Affairs Mansour Fadlallah Azzam would remain in the new cabinet.[5] On 9 April 2011, DayPress News reported the new cabinet was expected to be announced in the next week.[6] On 14 April 2011, a new cabinet was officially announced.[7][8]

On 9 February 2013, president Assad changed seven ministers in the cabinet.[9] The cabinet reshuffle included the ministries of oil, finance, social affairs, labour, housing, public works and agriculture.[10]

In July 2016 president Assad issued Decree no. 203 for 2016 which listed the new Syrian government.[11]

Office Incumbent Party Since Until
Prime Minister Imad Mohammad Deeb Khamis[12] Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 3 July 2016
Deputy Prime Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij Military 18 July 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Walid Muallem Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 23 June 2012
Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister Walid Muallem Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party 14 April 2011
Defense Minister Gen. Fahd Jassem al-Freij Military 18 July 2012
Health Minister Nizar Wahbeh al-Yaziji 27 August 2014
Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Minister Ahmad al-Qadri[13] 9 February 2013
Electricity Minister Zuheir Kharboutli[12] 3 July 2016
Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Ghanem[12] 3 July 2016
Culture Minister Mohammad al-Ahmad[12] 3 July 2016
Information Minister Mohammad Ramez Tourjman[12] 3 July 2016
Awqaf (Religious Endowments) Minister Dr. Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed 23 June 2012
Transport Minister Ali Hammoud[12] 3 July 2016
Justice Minister Najm Hamad Al Ahmad 16 August 2012
Industry Minister Ahmad al-Hamou[12] 3 July 2016
Interior Minister Major General Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar Military 14 April 2012
Communications and Technology Minister Ali al-Zafir[12] 3 July 2016
Social Affairs Minister Rima al-Qadiri[14] 20 August 2015
Labor Minister Dr. Khalaf Sleiman al-Abdullah[15] 27 August 2014
Housing and Urban Development Minister Hussein Mohammad Farzat[13] Arab Socialist Movement 9 February 2013
Local Administration Minister Hussein Makhlouf[12] 3 July 2016
Education Minister Hazwan al-Wazz 23 June 2012
Finance Minister Maamoun Hamdan[12] 3 July 2016
Economy and Foreign Trade Minister Adib Mayyaleh[12] 3 July 2016
Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharbi[12] 3 July 2016
Tourism Minister Bishr Riyad Yazigi[16] 22 August 2013
Higher Education Minister Atef Naddaf[12] 3 July 2016
Presidential Affairs Minister Mansour Fadlallah Azzam 14 April 2011
State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Haidar[17] Syrian Social Nationalist Party 23 June 2012
State Minister for Environment Affairs Nazira Farah Sarkis 23 June 2012
Public Works Minister Hussein Arnous[13] 9 February 2013
State Minister Joseph Sweid (Suwaid) Syrian Social Nationalist Party 14 April 2011
State Minister Abdallah Khalil Hussain Syrian Communist Party (Bakdash) 23 June 2012
State Minister Dr. Hassib Elias Shammas[16] 22 August 2013
State Minister Jamal Shaaban Shaheen 14 April 2011

See also


  1. "English Translation of the Syrian Constitution". Qordoba. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  2. Syrian cabinet resigns as regime seeks to calm protests, The Guardian, 29 March 2011
  3. Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV, BBC News, 29 March 2011
  4. President al-Assad appointed Adel Safar as New PM, DayPress News, 4 April 2011
  5. Syrian PM-designate starts consultations to form new cabinet, Xinhua, 6 April 2011
  6. Safar continues Government-Formation, SANA, DayPress News, 9 April 2011
  7. Syrian new Cabinet, DayPress News, 14 April 2011
  8. Syria president appoints new government, orders protesters freed from jail, The National, 14 April 2011
  9. "Cabinet Shift Within Syria Seems Aimed at Economy". The New York Times. Damascus. AP. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. "Syrian president reshuffles economic Cabinet posts". Al Jazeera. AP. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  11. "President al-Assad issues Decree no. 203 forming the new Syrian government 3 July 2016". SANA. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ""New Syrian Government Formed". Syria Times. 3 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  13. 1 2 3 "President al-Assad Issues Two Decrees Nominating New Ministers, Establishing Two Ministers". SANA. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  15. " - President Al-Assad Issues a Decree on Forming the New Syrian Government". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  16. 1 2 "President al-Assad issues cabinet reshuffle decree". SANA. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  17. "Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs: Dr. Ali Haidar". SANA. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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