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Sheikh Meshal salutes as he swears in before lawmakers as the country's 17th ruler, in the Kuwaiti parliament, on December 20, 2023. Image Credit: AFP

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Sabah, forcefully castigated lawmakers and executive authorities on Wednesday for what he said was harm to the interests of the country and the people in his first remarks after he was formally sworn in.

After swearing the constitutional oath in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Sheikh Meshal criticised the authorities’ decision to appoint people to positions “that are not consistent with the simplest rules of justice and fairness”.

He also objected to the pardoning of several convicts and opposition figures, and the damaging of the Kuwaiti identity.

The emir said it was “necessary to review our current reality, especially in terms of security, the economy and living conditions”.

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Kuwait lawmakers watch as Sheikh Meshal swears in on December 20, 2023 in Kuwait City. Image Credit: AFP

He stressed “the importance of follow-up, responsible oversight, and objective accountability within the framework of the constitution and the law for negligence, dereliction and tampering with the interests of citizens.”

Kuwait will maintain its Gulf, regional and international commitments, Sheikh Meshal said.

Sheikh Meshal, 83, was Kuwait’s day-to-day ruler during much of his half-brother Sheikh Nawaf’s reign due to his ill-health.

Sheikh Nawaf passes away on Saturday.

Cabinet submits resignation to new emir

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s cabinet submitted its resignation to the country’s new emir shortly after he was sworn in before parliament, state news agency Kuna reported on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the late emir’s son, handed the resignation to Sheikh Meshal, Kuna added.