Syria’s Assad unveils new governmentJune 23rd, 2012 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
Damascus, June 23 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Saturday unveiled his new government, less than two months after a disputed parliamentary election was boycotted by the opposition, RIA Novosti reported.
“President Bashar al-Assad has issued Decree 210 forming a new government under Prime Minister Dr. Riad Hijab,” al Arabiya TV said.
Defence Minister Dawoud Rajiha retained his post, as did Foreign Minister Walid Al Muallem and Interior Minister Ibrahim Shaar.
Several new ministries were established, including for internal trade and consumer protection.
At least 15 people were killed across Syria Saturday, while 116 people, including 69 civilians, were killed Friday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
According to the UN, more than 12,000 lives have been lost in clashes since March 2011.
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