#ASSAD hired EX-Minister to form NEW Government
After firing his cabinet, Assad hires his EX-minister of Agriculture to form a new government cabinet.
“Assad appointed Adel Safar, the former agriculture minister, to form the new Cabinet, Syria’s state-run television said. Safar is seen as a respectable figure in a government that many had criticized for corruption.
Assad sacked his government last week in answer to growing cries for reform in Syria, one of the most authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. On Thursday, he set up committees to look into the deaths of civilians during two weeks of unrest and replacing decades-old state of emergency laws.
Safar, 58, holds a doctorate in agricultural sciences from the French polytechnic center in France and was the dean of Damascus University’s agricultural faculty from 1997-2000. He also heads the Arab Center for Dry and Arid Areas”