23:38 GMT07 August 2020
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    Syrian president's administration said that Bashar Assad has appointed a new government headed by former Electricity Minister Imad Khamis.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Syrian President Bashar Assad has appointed a new government headed by former Electricity Minister Imad Khamis, Syrian president's administration said Sunday.

    Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and Defense Minister Fahd Jassem Freij, as well as National Reconciliation Affairs Minister Ali Haidar have retained their posts, according to presidential decree number 203, as quoted by administration's official Twitter account.

    Syria held parliamentary elections on April 15 with over 3,500 candidates contesting the 250 seats in Syria's parliament. Ballot stations were set up in 12 of Syria's 14 provinces, as the northern province of Raqqa was still under the control of Daesh terrorist group and the northwestern Idlib province was controlled by al-Nusra Front.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.


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