Syria Taps New PM, Will Form New Gov't
Adel Safar is Bashar Assad's latest attempt to quell protests
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2011 8:58 AM CDT
Syrian President Bashar Assad, waves to his supporters after he made his speech at the Parliament, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March 30, 2011.   (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed former agriculture minister Adel Safar today as prime minister, and charged him with forming a new government in continuing overtures toward reform as the country struggles to put down a wave of anti-government protests. Safar is seen as a respectable figure in a government that many had criticized for corruption.

Hundreds of people were marching today in Douma, a suburb of the capital Damascus, for funerals to mourn those killed in the latest round of protests, which started two weeks ago. At least 80 people have died in clashes with security forces. Human rights groups and eyewitnesses said a campaign of arrests was continuing today as Assad tries to cut off the demonstrations. Ammar Qurabi, who heads Syria's National Organization for Human Rights, said at least 500 people were under arrest since protests began on March 18.

View 2 more images

Copyright 2016 Newser, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Syrian President Bashar Assad Taps Adel Safar as Prime Minister, Will Form New Government is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Be the first to comment on this story.