Syria forms new government, keeps top ministers
Reuters, Saturday 23 Jun 2012

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad formed a new government on Saturday, but kept on the heads of its interior, defence and foreign ministries, state television reported.

The reappointment of Defence Minister Daoud Rajha will quash widespread rumours previously denied by the government that Rajha had been assassinated by rebels who are struggling to bring down Assad's rule.