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      Archive: 8/9/2012

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        8/9/2012, Av 21, 5772

      Assad Names Prime Minister to Replace Defector

      President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria named Health Minister Wael Al-Halki, Thursday to be his new prime minister.

      Al-Halki succeeds Riyad Hijab, who resigned, Monday, after only two months in office, and defected to Jordan, announcing that he was joining the ranks of anti-Assad rebels.