Cairo: Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on Tuesday swore in a new government, more than a month after the previous one resigned amid a row with the parliament.
The new government is led by Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, a former foreign minister, and features two deputy premiers and three women ministers, the official Kuwaiti news Agency KUNA reported.
Shaikh Ahmad Mansour Al Ahmad has been appointed as deputy prime minister and defence minister; and Anas Al Khaled Nasser deputy prime minister, interior minister and state minister for cabinet affairs, according to KUNA.
Shaikh Ahmad Nasser Al Sabah has been named foreign minister while the portfolio of oil,electricity and water has gone to Khalid Ali Mohammad.
The new line-up includes three female ministers: Mariam Oqeil Al Oqeil as finance minister and acting state minister for economic affairs; Rana Abdullah Al Fares as minister of public affairs and state minister for housing affairs; and Ghadeer Mohammad Mahmoud as minister of social affairs.
After the swearing in at the Bayan Palace, the Emir urged the new government to abide by the constitution, law and protect public money.
“This cannot be fulfilled without hard work, supportive team spirit and fruitful and constructive cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities,” he said, according to KUNA.
“You have major responsibility towards the nation and the citizen, especially at this important stage,” he added. The Emir urged the new government to solve people’s problems and streamline administrative procedures.
Last month, the Emir tasked Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid with forming the new government after the outgoing prime minister Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak turned down a request to lead the new government amid a row between key members of the cabinet. The Emir had accepted the resignation of the government led by Shaikh Jaber amid no-confidence motions in the parliament against some ministers.
Accusations have recently swirled in Kuwait over alleged corruption including wasting of public money.