Kuwait swears in its fourth government in two years – News

The last government resigned in November amid a political deadlock



Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah receives Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah in Kuwait. The emir announced on Tuesday the formation of a new cabinet. – PA

By AFP

Published: wed 29 dec 2021, 16:37

A new Kuwaiti government was sworn in on Wednesday, the fourth in two years, after the last resigned in November amid a political deadlock.

The cabinet was sworn in before the crown prince, the official KUNA news agency reported.

This is the fourth government formed by Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah since his appointment as prime minister in December 2019.

Oil Minister Mohammed Al Fares and Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah retain their posts as part of the reshuffle.

However, the new line-up includes a critical voice from Finance Minister Abdulwahab Al Rushaid, who earlier this month called on the government to “focus on a sustainable economy rather than fluctuating oil prices”.

In last year’s elections, the opposition and its allies won almost half of the 50 seats in parliament.

The polls were the first since the new emir, Sheikh Nawaf, took power on the death of his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah, aged 91.

In recent years, calls for reform have grown in Kuwait, where expatriate residents make up 70% of the 4.8 million population.

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