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Ghassan Hitto (Arabic: غسان هيتو‎; born 1963) is the Prime Minister of an interim government established by the Syrian oppositionNational Coalition.[1] Born in Damascus into a Kurdish family, he left Syria to the U.S. in 1980, became a naturalized American citizen and worked as an information technology executive and lived in Texas until recently. In late 2012, he relocated in Turkey[2] He was elected prime minister on 18 March 2013 by a narrow margin over former Syrian Arab Republic agricultural minister Assad Mustafa.[3]


Hitto graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1989 with degrees in mathematics and computer science.[4][5] He also received an M.B.A. at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1994.[2][4]


Hitto is a former businessman who has lived in the United States for decades, most recently in Murphy, Texas.[1][6] Before joining the opposition, he worked with Inovar, an electronics firm, from 2001 to 2012.[4]

Hitto is married to Suzanne Hitto, a American schoolteacher; they have four children, all born in the United States.[3] He has worked in the technology sector and supported the private school Brighter Horizons Academy[7] founded in 1989 by the Islamic Services Foundation (ISF).[8] He is also a founding member of the Muslim Legal Fund of America[9] created after the 11 September 2001 to give legal aid to Muslims .

Hitto received 39 of 45 votes cast for the premiership. However, the BBC states that he received 35 of 48 votes.[10] Following his election, at least 12 key members of the SNC have suspended their membership partly as a result of Hitto's election on a majority vote instead of a consensus vote.[11]


NameHitto, Ghassan
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Short descriptionSyrian businessman, politician
Date of birth1963
Place of birthDamascus, Syria
Date of death
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