Syrian President appoints ex-minister to form govt

State-run Syrian television says the president has appointed a former minister to form a new govt.

Beirut: State-run Syrian television says the president has appointed a former minister to form a new government.

President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday appointing Adel Safar, the agricultural minister in the resigned government, to form a new Cabinet.

Assad fired his Cabinet last week in an attempt to appease protesters demanding reforms.

An extraordinary wave of protests has proved the most serious challenge yet to Assad`s 11-year rule.

Bureau Report