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New Oil Minister Appointed in Syria

Dr. Mtanios Habib has been appointed as Minister of Petroleum and MineralResoures in the new Syrian cabinet formed on 2 November. He replaces Dr. Ghazial-Drubi who had held this portfolio since March 1984 (MEES, 9 March 1984). Thenew minister has a doctorate degree in economics from the Soviet Union and wasDean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics at the University of Damascusuntil his appointment as minister.

The new...