BEIRUT: Minister of State Mohammad Turki Sayyed died of a heart attack Thursday, state-run news agency SANA said.
Sayyed, a member of the Arab Socialist Union Party, was responsible for parliamentary affairs in the government of Prime Minister Wael Halqi.
A former teacher, Sayyed was elected to Parliament in 1990 and was appointed deputy culture minister in 2003. He was named minister of state in 2012.
Just over a year ago, Sayyed’s son Bassem was killed in battle in Aleppo while fighting in the ranks of the rebel Free Syrian Army.
At the time the minister said he had renounced his son when he first joined the ranks of the rebels.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 10, 2014, on page 8.