Syrian President Appoints New PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed former agriculture minister Adel Safar as a new Prime Minister and has asked him to form a government.

Safar, a member of the ruling Baath Party, is expected to form a new cabinet this week.

His appointment comes days after the country’s former prime minister, Mohammad Najo Otri, quit along with his Cabinet following a wave of anti-governments protests calling for political reform.

Human rights groups say at least 60 people have been killed since the start of the unrest.

On Thursday, Assad also called for the creation of a committee to study civilian and military deaths in the cities of Daraa and Latakia, the centers of opposition activity in recent weeks.

Assad has also called for reforms including the creation of a committee to study the possibility of lifting the country’s emergency law, which bans political activity not approved by the government. Abolishing the emergency law has been a key demand of protesters. VOA

  • Rafic

    I guess Pres. Assad was thinking former PM Ottari and his cabinet were the cause of unrest maybe infiltrated by foreign elements and some Lebanese so he thought by getting rid of it with a new PM he has purified his regime and all the problems will go away now for him. What a bright way of thinking.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Pres. Assad was thinking former PM Ottari and his cabinet were the cause of unrest maybe infiltrated by foreign elements and some Lebanese so he thought by getting rid of it with a new PM he has purified his regime and all the problems will go away now for him. What a bright way of thinking.

  • josephphdman

    the syrian people do not need a new prime minister they need freedom and dmocracy t;
    they need their rights to various political party and a free fair election;
    they need a governement to treat them with respect and dignity and respect their rights
    and this has not happened in 50 years in syria and the people are fed up and they want justice

  • Anonymous

    the syrian people do not need a new prime minister they need freedom and dmocracy t;
    they need their rights to various political party and a free fair election;
    they need a governement to treat them with respect and dignity and respect their rights
    and this has not happened in 50 years in syria and the people are fed up and they want justice

  • leb_expatriate

    What a farce. Replacing one bucket of shit with another isn’t going to alleviate the situation in Syria Mr Assad. Time for real reform starting with your immediate and unconditional abdication.

  • Anonymous

    What a farce. Replacing one bucket of shit with another isn’t going to alleviate the situation in Syria Mr Assad. Time for real reform starting with your immediate and unconditional abdication.

  • LebinTheBlood

    I wonder if he will travel to Lebanon to get the green light on the formation of a Govnt from President Sleiman? LOL, what a DREAM.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if he will travel to Lebanon to get the green light on the formation of a Govnt from President Sleiman? LOL, what a DREAM.