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Muhammad Naji al-Otari
محمد ناجي عطري

Assumed office 
10 September 2003
President Bashar al-Assad
Preceded by Muhammad Mustafa Mero

Born 1944
Aleppo, Syria
Political party ASBP
Religion Islam

Muhammad Naji al-Otari (Arabic: محمد ناجي عطريMuḥammad Nājī al-`Uṭrī also Etri, Itri and Otri) (born 1944) is the current prime minister of Syria. His nomination has been said to combine both "technocratic and Baathist trends" in Syrian politics.[1]


Earlier career

Born in Syria's second largest city Aleppo in 1944, al-Otari is a long-serving member of the ruling Baath Party. He studied architecture and has a diploma in town planning from the Netherlands. He is fluent in French and English.[1] He headed the city council in Aleppo from 1983 to 1987 and is a former governor of Hims. He was also president of Aleppo's engineering syndicate from 1989 to 1993.

In March 2000 he became a member of the Baath 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.

Speaker of Parliament

He was elected speaker of the Syrian parliament, or People's Assembly, in March 2003.

Prime minister

Iranian President, Mohammad Khatami metting with Naji al-Otari

He has been Prime Minister since 10 September 2003.

See also




Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Muhammad Naji Etri article)

From Wikiquote

Muhammad Naji Utri has been the prime minister of the Syrian Arab Republic since 2003.


  • [There is no public sector or private sector but] a national sector [within which the responsibility for sustainable development must be borne by everyone in accordance with] the directions of Mr. President Bashar al-Assad.[1]


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