Syria’s Assad names new prime minister


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.

Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.

He is to submit his proposal for new ministerial appointments in the coming days.

The 54-year-old engineer replaces Wael al-Halqi who had held the post since August 2012.

The changes come two months after Assad’s Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections dismissed internationally as a sham.

Khamis had served as Syria’s minister of electricity since 2011 and is an electrical engineer by trade.