Saturday, June 26, 2004

Rami Makhlouf stiffs Mercedes

Rami Makhlouf is muscling in on the Mercedes concession. (See the article in June 24th's Elaph)

Makhlouf, Bashar's cousin and hot-shot Syrian businessman who owns half of Syriatel and many other juicy monopolies in Syria, has managed to get the government to pass a law denying Mercedes the right to import spare parts until it makes him the exclusive agent. Mercedes must dump Omar Sanqar and his sons, who have long held the concession and whom Mercedes wants to keep. Mercedes said they would stick with the Sanqars. Rami got the law changed to show Mercedes who is boss in Syria.

How can Bashar allow this to happen? Who will take reforms seriously? Who will ever want to invest in Syria if they are going to get whacked by the President's cousins?


At 8/29/2004 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

M. Simon say:

Corruption is not rampant in Arab countries.

And besides it is the American's fault.

At 1/30/2005 05:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does ANyone have a picture of Rami Makhlouf? Email it to to at

At 5/19/2005 11:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i realy feel sorry for syrian people they are very smart & good people they dont deserve to take all this from this mafia that they call themself a government in syria .
they nothing but low life criminals & very soon they will be down like saddam.
the biger you are the harder you fall.

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At 6/14/2007 03:24:00 PM, Blogger webworker said...

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At 8/17/2007 12:58:00 AM, Blogger Maldives Islands said...

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