Today, Sunday, August 1, President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree assigning Prime Minister Hussein Arnous to form the new government.
President al-Assad appointed Arnous as prime minister in August of last year, succeeding Imad Khamis.
Arnous, 67 years old, is from the city of Maarat al-Numan in Idlib governorate, more than half of its area is still controlled by terrorist factions.
Arnous graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Aleppo in 1978, and held several positions in government institutions. He was also the governor of Deir ez-Zor and then Quneitra.
He took over the Ministry of Works in 2013 and then the Ministry of Water Resources in 2018 in the government of Imad Khamis.
Arnous is covered by the sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on Syria.
A difficult task falls on the shoulders of the government at a time when the country is experiencing its most severe economic crises, caused by the war, and exacerbated by Western sanctions.
During the past months, the previous Arnous government took harsh decisions, including raising the prices of unsubsidized gasoline, diesel, bread, sugar and rice, at a time when the problem of power outages was exacerbated by the lack of gas feeding for electric power plants, and the rationing period in some areas reached about twenty hours a day.
Observers expected that the new government would not witness major changes from its previous formation, as it is likely that a large number of current ministers will continue in the government that Arnous was assigned to form.