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Muhammad Naji al-Otari
محمد ناجي عطري
|Prime Minister of Syria|
10 September 2003 – 14 April 2011
|Preceded by||Muhammad Mustafa Mero|
|Succeeded by||Adel Safar|
|Speaker of the People's Council|
9 March 2003 – 18 September 2003
|Preceded by||Abdel Kader Kaddoura|
|Succeeded by||Mahmoud al-Abrash|
|Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch|
21 June 2000 – 8 July 2013
|Born||1944 (age 76–77)|
|Political party||Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region|
|National Progressive Front|
Otari headed the city council in Aleppo from 1983 to 1987 and is a former governor of Homs. He was president of Aleppo's engineering syndicate from 1989 to 1993. He is a long-serving member of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. In March 2000, he became a member of the Ba'ath Party's Central Committee and in June 2000 of the party's influential Regional Command. In March 2000, he was also appointed deputy prime minister for services affairs and he served in this post until 2003. He was elected speaker of the Syrian parliament, or People's Assembly, in March 2003.
He was first appointed Prime Minister on 10 September 2003. His nomination has been said to combine both "technocratic and Ba'athist trends" in Syrian politics. On 29 March 2011, the entire cabinet resigned out of protest against the regime. On 3 April 2011, President Assad appointed Adel Safar to succeed Otari.
- Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV, BBC News, 29 March 2011
- "Profile: Mohammed Naji al-Otari". BBC News. 11 September 2003.
- Mabardi, Roueida (10 September 2003). "Assad asks Otri to form new government". Middle East Online. Damascus. Archived from the original on 20 September 2003. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
Abdel Kader Kaddoura
| Speaker of Parliament of Syria
Muhammad Mustafa Mero
| Prime Minister of Syria
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