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Syrians buy bread in Idlib province, on the third day of anti-regime protests Syrians buy bread in Idlib province, on the third day of anti-regime protests  (AFP or licensors)

Syria: Economic issues prompt anti-Assad protests

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has sacked Prime Minister Imad Khamis, as he struggles with a worsening economic crisis that has triggered protests.

By Nathan Morley

Syrian President Bashar al Assad fired Prime Minister Imad Khamis from his post, after protests in regime-held areas decrying worsening economic hardships.

The Water Resources Minister Hussein Arnous has been appointed to fill the post. 

The country is in the middle of an economic crisis, with the currency plunging all time lows, aggravating hardships for ordinary members of the public.

Syria’s currency hit a record 3,000 Syrian pounds to the dollar earlier in an accelerating free-fall. It traded at 47 pounds at the start of the conflict.

President Assad blames Western sanctions for widespread hardship among ordinary residents, where the currency collapse has led to rising prices and people struggling to make ends meet.

12 June 2020, 15:46