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April 28, 2020

On the Myth of Rami Makhlouf’s 60% Share of the Syrian Economy

My response to Danny Makki's report for the Middle East Institute: https://www.mei.edu/publications/rami-makhlouf-saga-poses-dangerous-challenge-assad


Yes, Rami is influential. But that he controlled 60% of Syria's economy is a very common myth. Perhaps 6%?


Look at the composition of Syria's output in 2010 to get a sense of Rami's share. He had little presence in agriculture, mining, wholesale, and public services.

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