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Assad sacks prime minister amid deepening financial crisis

Prime Minister Imad Khamis, who has held the position since 2016, will be temporarily replaced by the country's water minister.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sacked his unpopular Prime Minister Imad Khamis following days of protests that saw hundreds of Syrians take to the streets over the country’s worsening economic situation. 

Khamis will be replaced by Water Resources Minister Hussein Arnous, who previously served as governor of Deir ez-Zor province. Arnous will stay on as water resources minister, serving as interim prime minister until parliamentary elections are held in July and a new government is formed. 

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