Emir swears in new Cabinet
Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has sworn in a new Cabinet of sixteen members, with ten new faces in the line-up.
Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah concluded unsuccessful talks with the opposition, who were insisting on holding nine Cabinet seats and went on to form the Cabinet without their support. The opposition, emboldened by substantial gains in the recent election, immediately condemned the new Cabinet and said that it would be short lived.
The 50 member National Assembly held its first meeting of the new parliament today with a contest for the role of Speaker between pro-government Mohammad Al-Juwaihel, liberal Mohammad Al-Sager and opposition stalwart Ahmad Al-Saadoun.
The line-up of the new Cabinet is as follows:
|Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah||First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior|
|Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah||Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence|
|Sheikh Mohammad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah||Minister for Information|
|Mustafa Al-Shamali||Minister of Finance|
|Hani Abdulaziz Hussein||Minister for Oil|
|Jamal Al-Shehab||Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs|
|Ahmad Al-Rujaib||Minister of Social Affairs and Labour|
|Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah||Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and|
|Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs|
|Salem Al-Othaina||Minister for Communications|
|Dr Fadhel Safar||Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Planning|
|and Development Affairs|
|Shuaib Al-Muwaizri||Minister of State for Housing and National Assembly Affairs|
|Anas Khalid Al-Saleh||Minister of Commerce and Industry|
|Dr Ali Saad Al-Obeidi||Minister of Health|
|Abdulaziz Abdulatif Al-Ibrahim||Minister of Electricity and Water and Minister of State|
|for Municipal Affairs|
|Dr Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf||Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education|