Hussein Arnous

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Hussein Arnous
حُسَيْن عَرنُوس
Arnous in 2016
68th Prime Minister of Syria
Assumed office
11 June 2020
Acting: 11 June – 2 September 2020
PresidentBashar al-Assad
DeputyAli Abdullah Ayyoub
Preceded byImad Khamis
Minister of Water Resources
In office
26 November 2018 – 30 August 2020
Prime MinisterImad Khamis
Preceded byNabil al-Hassan
Succeeded byTammam Raad
Minister of Public Works and Housing
In office
9 February 2013 – 26 November 2018
Prime MinisterWael Nader al-Halqi
Imad Khamis
Preceded byYasser Sebaei
Succeeded bySuhail Mohammad Abdullatif
Personal details
Born1953 (age 69–70)
Al-Tah, Idlib, Syrian Republic
Political partyBa'ath Party
Other political
National Progressive Front
Alma materUniversity of Aleppo (BS)
CabinetArnous I
Arnous II

Hussein Arnous (Arabic: حُسَيْن عَرنُوس, romanizedHuseyn Arnûs; born 1953) is a Syrian politician who has served as prime minister of Syria since 11 June 2020. Arnous's appointment was announced by state media shortly after it was reported that President Bashar al-Assad had fired previous prime minister Imad Khamis amid a worsening economic crisis.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Arnous was born in the village of Al-Tah in the Ma'arrat al-Nu'man District, Idlib.[2] In 1978, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Aleppo.


After graduating from university, Arnous worked with the Idlib Engineering Syndicate. From 1992 to 2002, he managed the General Company for Roads and Bridges. In 2004, Arnous was selected to serve as executive director of the General Establishment for Road Transport. He then served as governor of Deir ez-Zor and Quneitra governorates. In 2014, Arnous was included on a list of Syrian government ministers barred from entering the United States or European Union.[3][4][5][6]

Arnous served as Minister of Public Works and Housing from 2013 until 2018[7][8] and as Minister of Water Resources since 26 November 2018.[9]

Arnous was confirmed by President Assad to be the prime minister of a new government on 30 August 2020.[10] He took the oath of office three days later.[11] He formed a new government in August 2021 after the presidential election in May 2021.[12]


  1. ^ "Syria's Assad replaces prime minister: State media". CNBC. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ Reuters (11 June 2020). "Syria's Assad Removes Prime Minister as Economic Hardship Grows". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 June 2020. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ "EU Targets Ministers, UAE Firm in Latest Syria Sanctions | Voice of America - English". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Assad Dismisses Prime Minister". The Syrian Observer. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Syria Designations". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Treasury Sanctions Syrian Regime Officials and Supporters". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Ministry of public works and Housing | Eng. Hussein Arnous meets the Iranian delegation participating in the reconstruction exhibition of Syria". Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Syria's Assad dismisses prime minister as economic crisis grows". La Prensa Latina Media. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Syria's Assad removes prime minister as economic hardship grows". Reuters. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  10. ^ AFP, French Press Agency- (30 August 2020). "Syria's Assad designates new government headed by PM Arnous". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  11. ^ "المهندس حسين عرنوس يؤدي اليمين الدستورية أمام الرئيس الأسد". 2 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Syria's Assad asks PM Arnous to form new cabinet". Reuters. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 5 October 2021.