Syria’s Assad dismisses prime minister as economic hardship grows


Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Thursday dismissed prime minister Imad Khamis, after weeks of deepening economic hardship and a rare outbreak of anti-Assad protests in government-held areas.

State media, which reported the news, did not give a reason for the sudden decision, announced in a presidential decree that designated water resources minister Hussein Arnous as Khamis’ successor.

The government has criticised a wave of new, tighter U.S. sanctions, known as the Caesar Act, which takes effect later this month which economists and politicians say will further tighten the noose around Assad’s government.

You might also like