Assad appoints electricity minister to form new government

Published June 22nd, 2016 - 11:50 GMT
Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP/file)
Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AFP/file)

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has tasked the country's Electricity Minister Imad Khamis with forming a new government on Wednesday, according to state news agency SANA.

No immediate reason has been given for the formation of a new cabinet. 

Assad's Damascus-based government controls the majority of Syria's major population centres in the west, with the exception of Idlib, which is held by insurgents, and Aleppo, where it controls half of the city.

Daesh currently controls Raqqa and Deir al-Zor in Syria's eastern provinces while Kurdish forces are in control of the vast areas along the Turkish border. 

Parliamentary elections were held in government-controlled areas in April, but were dismissed by the opposition as illegitimate.

 

More to follow. 

 

 

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