Muhammad Naji al-Otari

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Muhammad Naji al-Otari
محمد ناجي عطري
Mohammad Naji Otri.jpg
Prime Minister of Syria
In office
10 September 2003 – 14 April 2011
PresidentBashar al-Assad
DeputyAbdullah Dardari
Preceded byMuhammad Mustafa Mero
Succeeded byAdel Safar
Speaker of the People's Council
In office
9 March 2003 – 18 September 2003
Preceded byAbdel Kader Kaddoura
Succeeded byMahmoud al-Abrash
Member of the Regional Command of the Syrian Regional Branch
In office
21 June 2000 – 8 July 2013
Personal details
Born1944 (age 77–78)
Aleppo, Syria
Political partyArab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region
Other political
National Progressive Front

Muhammad Naji al-Otari (Arabic: محمد ناجي عطري Muḥammad Nājī al-'Uṭrī also Etri, Itri and Otri) (born 1944) is a Syrian politician who was Prime Minister of Syria from 2003 to 2011.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Aleppo in 1944, Otari studied architecture and has a diploma in urban planning from the Netherlands. He is fluent in French and English.[2]


Otari headed the city council in Aleppo from 1983 to 1987 and is a former governor of Homs. He was president of Aleppo's engineering syndicate from 1989 to 1993. He is a long-serving member of the ruling Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. In March 2000, he became a member of the Ba'ath Party's Central Committee and in June 2000 of the party's influential Regional Command. In March 2000, he was also appointed deputy prime minister for services affairs and he served in this post until 2003.[3] He was elected speaker of the Syrian parliament, or People's Assembly, in March 2003.[3]

Prime Minister[edit]

He was first appointed Prime Minister on 10 September 2003. His nomination has been said to combine both "technocratic and Ba'athist trends" in Syrian politics.[2] On 29 March 2011, the entire cabinet resigned out of protest against the regime.[1] On 3 April 2011, President Assad appointed Adel Safar to succeed Otari.


  1. ^ a b Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest, says state TV, BBC News, 29 March 2011
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Mohammed Naji al-Otari". BBC News. 11 September 2003.
  3. ^ a b Mabardi, Roueida (10 September 2003). "Assad asks Otri to form new government". Middle East Online. Damascus. Archived from the original on 20 September 2003. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
Political offices
Preceded by Speaker of Parliament of Syria
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Syria
Succeeded by