Syria appoints senior officials
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued two presidential decrees on Wednesday appointing a new assistant vice president and minister of defense, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
President Assad appointed Lt. General Hassan Ali Tourkomani as Assistant Vice President and Lt. General Ali Habib Mahmoud as Defense Minister.
Mahmoud has been serving as the Chief of Staff since 2004 in succession of Tourkomani.
Meanwhile, Tourkomani was the Minister of Defense and the Commander-in-Chief.
The limited cabinet reshuffle is the sixth to be made on the current government. President Assad made a similar reshuffle in April appointing six new ministers.