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Adel Safar

Adel Safar
عادل سفر
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
14 April 2011 – 23 June 2012
President Bashar al-Assad
Preceded by Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Succeeded by Riyad Farid Hijab
Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform
In office
13 September 2003 – 14 April 2011
Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Preceded by Nabah Jabiri
Succeeded by Riyad Farid Hijab
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 61–62)
Damascus, Syria
Political party Syrian Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party
Other political
National Progressive Front
Alma mater Damascus University
Superior National School of Agronomy and Food Industries
Religion Alawite

Adel Safar (Arabic: عادل سفر, born 1953) is a Syrian politician and academic, who served as Prime Minister of Syria from 14 April 2011 to 23 June 2012. His government was dissolved by Bashar al-Assad as a result of the Syrian parliamentary election in 2012. He was Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform from 2003 to 2011.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Early career 2
  • Cabinet of Syria 3
  • Personal life 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Safar was born in the Damascus countryside in Syria to a Sunni Muslim family. He earned a degree in Agronomy from the University of Damascus in 1977, a Diploma from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries (ENSAIA) in Nancy, France in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from ENSAIA in 1987.[1][2]

Early career


  • Agricultural Engineer at the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), 1978-1981
  • Deputy lecturer at ENSAIA, 1981-1987
  • Deputy Dean for Administrative Affairs at the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1992-1997
  • Member of the Permanent Committee for Agricultural Research at Damascus University, 1996-2001
  • Deputy Rapporteur of the Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research and Veterinary Medicine at the Supreme Council of Sciences, 1997-2001
  • Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Damascus University, 1997-2000
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Agricultural Productivity Administration at the Productive Projects Administration, 1999-2003
  • Secretary of Damascus University Branch of Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, 2000-2002
  • Head of the National Committee for Man and the Biosphere Program in Syria, 2000-2004
  • Head of the Arab Network of Man and Biosphere Program in the Arab world, 2001-2004
  • Director-General of ACSAD, 2002-2003

Safar is also a member of the Economic Committee and a member of the High Council for Investment. He has been a member of the Ba'ath Party since 1990.[2]

Cabinet of Syria

In September 2003, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in the cabinet of Muhammad Naji al-Otari. On 31 March 2011, he resigned, along with the rest of the Cabinet, at the request of President Bashar al-Assad.

Personal life

Safar is married with four children.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c President al-Assad appointed Adel Safar as New PM, DayPress News, 4 April 2011
  2. ^ a b Adel Safar, Silobreaker

External links

  • Council of Ministers official government website
  • Prime Minister Dr. Adel Safar at SANA
  • Adel Safar collected news and commentary at Al Jazeera English
  • Adel Ahmad Safar collected news and commentary at Silobreaker
Political offices
Preceded by
Muhammad Naji al-Otari
Prime Minister of Syria
Succeeded by
Riyad Farid Hijab
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