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Syrian president reshuffles economic Cabinet posts

Last modified: 9 Feb 2013 16:38

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reshuffled his Cabinet on Saturday, appointing seven new ministers in a move that appeared aimed at trying to shore up an economy that has been ravaged by the country's two-year-old revolt, state media said.

State TV said Assad replaced the heads of the oil, finance, social affairs, labour, housing, public works and agriculture ministries. Key security ministries such as defence and interior, which are on the front lines of the conflict, remained unchanged.

Syria's economy has been devastated by the conflict, which has left major cities in ruins and gutted the nation's industries. Power outages are common and Syrians in some areas must stand in hours-long lines for bread and gasoline.