Wael Nader Al-Halqi (Arabic: وائل نادر الحلقي, born 1964) is the Prime Minister of Syria. He was appointed to the position on 9 August 2012 after serving as Minister of Health since 14 April 2011.
Early life, education and career
Al-Halqi was born in Jasim in the Daraa Governorate in 1964 into a Sunni Muslim family. He earned a degree in medicine (MD) from the University of Damascus in 1987 and Master of Graduate Studies in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the University of Damascus in 1991. He served as director of primary health care in the city of Jasim from 1997–2000 and was secretary of the Daraa branch of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party from 2000–2004. He served as the Director of Health in Daraa, and in 2010 was appointed chief of Syria's doctors. He was appointed Prime Minister of Syria on 9 August 2012 by President Bashar al-Assad, after his predecessor Riyad Farid Hijab fled to Jordan and declared his allegiance to the Syrian opposition and the emir of Qatar.
Al-Halqi is married and has four children; a daughter and three sons.