Assad swears in new govt

 01 Sep 2014 - 2:15

DAMASCUS: Syria’s embattled President Bashar Al Assad swore in his new government yesterday, saying security and reconstruction would be top priorities and urging ministers to tackle corruption.
The new government, appointed earlier this week after Assad’s June re-election, takes office as the death toll in the country’s conflict since March 2011 soars past 191,000.
The crippling violence has damaged the country’s economy and displaced approximately half its population, including three million Syrians who have taken refuge abroad.