Wael al-Halqi is a former health minister
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed Wael al-Halqi, seen here in March 2012, as the country's new premier, according to state television. Halqi is a former health minister who replaces Riad Hijab. © Louai Beshara - AFP/File
Wael al-Halqi is a former health minister
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Last updated: August 9, 2012

Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister

President Bashar al-Assad has appointed Wael al-Halqi, former health minister, as Syria's new premier, state television reported on Thursday.

"The president has signed Decree 298, appointing Wael al-Halqi as the new prime minister," the broadcaster reported.

Halqi was appointed to replace Riad Hijab, whose defection to the opposition was announced on Monday.

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