Assad appointed former Agriculture Minister Riad Farid Hijab to the position on Wednesday.
The development is regarded as part of Assad’s reform plan, which took effect following the endorsement of the country’s new constitution in February 2011.
The constitution will allow political pluralism and will also enact a presidential limit of two seven-year terms.
Syria has been the scene of violence since March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have lost their lives in the unrest because of the presence of terrorists who are strongly backed and financed by U.S, West, Zionist Israel and their regional allies.
On Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that China and Russia are in “close communication and coordination” regarding the Syrian issue and that both countries are against foreign intervention in the Arab state.