Christian to head Syria parliament for first time in decades

Christian to head Syria parliament for first time in decadesA Christian legislator was Thursday elected speaker of parliament in predominantly Muslim Syria for the first time in decades. Hammudeh 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. Before the 2011 outbreak of war in Syria, Christians of 11 different denominations made up about five percent of the population.



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