Christian to head Syria parliament for first time in decades


Sabbagh is first Christian to hold the post since Fares Al Khoury served sporadically between 1920-1946

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Newly elected Syrian parliament speaker Hammoudeh Sabbagh delivers a speech on Sept 28, 2017 in Damascus.
Published: 18:50 September 28, 2017 Gulf News


Damascus: A Christian legislator was Thursday elected speaker of parliament in Syria for the first time in decades.

Hammoudeh Sabbagh, a 58-year-old Syriac Orthodox Christian graduate in law and member of President Bashar Al Assad’s Baath party from Hasakeh province in northeast Syria, won 193 votes out of 252 cast, state media reported.

He became the first Christian to hold the post since Fares Al Khoury who served multiple terms before and after the French mandate of 1920-1946.

Before the 2011 outbreak of war in Syria, Christians of 11 different denominations made up about five per cent of the population.

Around half of Syria’s 1.5 million Christians have since fled, according to Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo.

Christians have tried largely to keep their distance from the conflict, in which they have been targeted by Islamist rebel groups while the regime portrays itself as the secular defender of minorities.

Daesh, for its part, has carried out mass kidnappings of Christians and destroyed their churches.


1 reply

  1. It is really a good news.
    The tenet of Uslamic teaching is love, and justice for all people regardless his religion, race and gender.
    If Saudi Arabia can follow this tenet, I strongly believe peace can be achieved in Islamic countries. ahmadiyyah can breath who live in Islamic countries. Let us pray!

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