Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who won the elections boycotted by the opposition in May, entrusted the former Prime Minister Hussein Arnus with the mission to form a government.
Hussein Arnus has been Prime Minister of Syria since June 2020. Ruled over Syria since 2000 el-Asad was sworn in on 17 July for the fourth term.
Syria – the Assad regime
The government made a number of unpopular decisions over the past year, including sharply increasing fuel prices and tightening bread rationing, the Reuters news agency reported.
The Syrian authorities blame the problems on international sanctions against the Assad regime.
In 2011, a civil war broke out in Syria, which has so far claimed nearly 400,000 people. victims and in which, over time, other countries also became militarily involved. Of the more than 20 million people in Syria, half have had to leave their homes. More than five million of them fled abroad, mainly to neighboring countries.
Thanks to the support of Russia and Iran, Assad managed to regain control of approx. 70 percent. territory of Syria. In his inaugural speech, he stressed that his main task was to “liberate the remaining territories” and to deal with the economic consequences of the war.
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