Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah is new prime minister


A general election was held in Kuwait on Sunday for the 50 seat National Assembly. The election was the third election within the past seventeen months and follows the dissolution of the parliament elected in December 2012.

Many opposition groups boycotted the elections and it looks as though tribal candidates took 24 seats with the down to three seats. Sunni candidates won seven seats and the Shia group dropped from 17 seats to just eight seats.

Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has already announced that Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah will be the new prime minister and has asked him to form a Cabinet. Parliament will sit for the first time on 6th August.

The official releases as published on the Kuwait News Agency website are as follows:

“KUWAIT, July 29 (KUNA) His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has issued a decree appointing HH Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah as prime minister and asking him to form a new cabinet.

The amiri decree came as the former government’s resignation was accepted on Sunday following the election of a new National Assembly (parliament).

The new assembly will be informed about the decree which will be published by the Official Gazette.”

“KUWAIT, July 29 (KUNA) Newly-elected members of the National Assembly (Parliament) have been invited for a session on August 1st for guiding the new legislators about procedural and legislative matters.

NA Secretary General Allam Al-Kanderi said in a statement on Monday “the enlightenment session for those who have won National Assembly membership in 2013 will be held on Thursday, August 1st.”

The NA Secretariat-General will furnish the new legislators with information regarding technical and administrative support. And, they will tour Abdullah Al-Salem Hall to get acquainted with other matters, namely the automated secret voting system.

This get-together for the parliamentarians is routinely held at start of a new legislative term of the parliament.

Fifty new NA members were elected on Saturday, in an unprecedented polling that coinciding with Ramadan fasting peak of summer heat.

The opening of the 14th legislative term is scheduled on August 6th.”

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