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New Premier Named in Syria

March 08, 2000|Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Hafez Assad named a senior official of his ruling party as the new prime minister after the government resigned Tuesday.

Mohammed Mustafa Miro, a member of the Baath Party's Central Committee, will form a new Cabinet, an Assad spokesman said.

The shake-up was seen as a move by Assad to boost his effort to implement promised social and economic reforms. It also reflected the leadership's desire to inject new blood into the aging Cabinet.

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