The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has appointed the country's former agriculture minister to form a new government.
State-run Syrian television is reporting that Assad today issued a decree appointing Adel Safar to form a new cabinet.
Safar served as agriculture minister in the government that was dissolved by Assad last week in an attempt to appease protesters.
The Middle Eastern nation has seen a wave of protests challenging Assad's 11-year rule.
More than 70 people have died during the past two weeks of protests.
The United States on April 1 applauded what it called "the courage and dignity" of the pro-reform demonstrators.
compiled from agency reports