ASIA/SYRIA - A Christian becomes President of the Syrian Parliament

Friday, 29 September 2017 oriental churches   area crisis   middle east   politics  


Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - Hamoudeh Sabbagh ied, 59, is the first Christian elected President of the People's Assembly (the Syrian Parliament) in decades. In the election, which took place on Thursday 28 September, Christian Sabbagh is a graduate in law and member of Baath party from Hasakeh province. He became the first Christian to hold the post since Fares Al Khoury who served multiple terms before and after the French mandate of 1920-1946.
Sabbagh takes the place of Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas, who was removed from office last July with the unanimous vote of MPs accusing her of undemocratic behavior. Hadiyeh Khalaf Abbas was the first woman to be elected President of the People's Assembly in June 2016. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 29/9/2017)