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Syrian Interim Government

The Syrian Interim Government is an alternative government of Syria, which has been formed by the opposition umbrella group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The interim government is indirectly controlling some areas of the country and claiming to be the sole legitimate government on behalf of the Syrian Opposition in defiance of the Council of Ministers of the Ba'athist Syria.


At a conference held in Istanbul on 19 March 2013, members of National Coalition elected [2] The new ministries will not be placed in a single location but will be distributed in regions which are under the control of the Syrian opposition.[3] The government's main headquarters will be at an undisclosed location close to the Turkish-Syrian border.[4] The health ministry, the interior ministry and the housing ministry have not been filled because the officials chosen did not have 2/3 of the vote to confirm them.[5] A Christian, a Kurd and a woman are part of the appointed cabinet; Ahmad Ramadan, a member of the National Coalition, has stated that the cabinet was appointed on a meritocratic basis.[6] The Assyrian component of the National Coalition has stated that they were not given any attention in the selection of the cabinet.[6] The General Assembly has an administrative function.[7] The interim cabinet was dissolved on 22 July 2014.[8] A new cabinet was formed on 14 October 2014.

In January 2015 the Syrian interim government received $6 million USD from the United States, the first funding of this kind. The funds will be used for reconstruction efforts and the strengthening of local government in opposition held parts of Syria such as northern Aleppo and northwestern Idlib, with the interim government planning to expand into northern Latakia and northern Hama in the following months.[9]

Recognition and funding

The interim government is based in Turkey and has received direct funding from the United States.[9]

List of Presidents

Prime Ministers

No. Portrait Name Took office Left office Political party Note(s)
Ghassan Hitto
Acting Prime Minister
18 March 2013 14 September 2013 Independent
Failed to form a government;
resigned on 8 July.
1 Ahmad Tu'mah 14 September 2013 22 July 2014[8] Independent
(1) Ahmad Tu'mah 14 October 2014[10] Incumbent Independent
Second term.

List of Ministers

Incumbent Office Since Until
vacant[11] Vice Prime Minister 22 July 2014[8]
Salim Idriss[12] Defense Minister 23 November 2014[12] Incumbent
vacant[11] Economy and Finance Minister 22 July 2014
Mohammed Yasin Najjar Acting Communications, Transportation and Industry Minister 14 October 2014 Incumbent
vacant[11] Local Administration and Humanitarian Aid Minister 22 July 2014[8]
Fayez Zahir Acting Justice Minister 14 October 2014 Incumbent
Dr. Elias Wardeh Acting Energy Minister 14 October 2014 Incumbent
vacant[11] Infrastructure and Agriculture Minister 22 July 2014[8]
vacant[11] Culture and Family Minister 22 July 2014[8]
Awad Ahmad Ali Interior Minister 23 November 2014[12] Incumbent
Mohamed Wajih Juma'a Health Minister 23 November 2014[12] Incumbent
vacant[11] Housing Minister

See also


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