Syria's Assad forms new government
On Wednesday, Assad formed his new government that consists of 11 new ministers, including Hassan al-Nuri, his rival in the latest presidential election.
Nuri has been assigned as the minister of administrative development, while other ministerial posts remained unchanged, including the prime minister as well as foreign and defense ministers.
Assad won 88.7 percent of the vote, or 10,319,723 of 11,634,412 votes cast in the election held on June 3.
He will serve as the country’s next president for the coming seven years.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it in the east.
The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and, Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed.”