DAMASCUS- Syria's president appointed a new prime minister Sunday, state television reported, as angry protesters gathered for the funeral processions of four demonstrators killed on Friday.
President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday issued Decree No. 134 stipulating for designating Adel Safar to form the new government. President al-Assad appoints the former agriculture minister as new Syria PM. Adel Safar, who served as agriculture minister in the government which resigned last week.
The government resigned last week in the face of protests.
Adel Safar is expected to announce his new cabinet within two days.
Safar, a member of the ruling Baath Party, was born in 1953 and has university degrees from Syria and France.
Safar was dean of the college of agriculture at Damascus University between 1997 and 2000, before being appointed to the important political position of secretary of the Baath Party branch at the university.
The following is the education and career summary of the Prime Minister-designate Adel Safar:
Born in Damascus Countryside, 1953
University Degree in Agronomy, Damascus University, 1977
Diploma from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries (ENSAIA) Nancy, France, 1983
PhD in Biotechnology from ENSAIA, 1987
Agricultural Engineer at the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), 1978-1981
Depute lecturer at ENSAIA, 1981-1987
Deputy Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1992-1997
Member of the Permanent Committee for Agricultural Research at Damascus University, 1996-2001
Deputy Rapporteur of the Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research and Veterinary Medicine at the Supreme Council of Sciences, 1997-2001
Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1997-2000
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Agricultural Productivity Administration at the Productive Projects Administration, 1999-2003
Secretary of Damascus University Branch of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, 2000-2002
Head of the National Committee for Man and the Biosphere Program in Syria, 2000-2004
Head of the Arab Network of Man and Biosphere Program in the Arab world, 2001-2004
Director-General of ACSAD, 2002-2003
Minister of Agriculture, 2003-2011
Married with four children.