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Istanbul: First Syrian government in exile established

KURDWATCH, November 15 2013—On November 11, 2013, the National Coalition in Istanbul appointed the first Syrian government in exile. A total of eight out of eleven government ministries as well as the position of deputy prime minister were filled; the candidates reached the minimum number of votes necessary. The ministries that have been filled are the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of Communications and Industry, the Ministry of Local Administration, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Energy and Livestock, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Culture and the Family. Ibrahim Miro, a non-partisan Kurd who previously worked for the Dutch National Bank, was elected Minister of Finance and Economy. The positions of Minister of Health, Minister of the Interior, and Minister of Education remain vacant.

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