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Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Named New PM

Tuesday 19 November 2019

KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwait’s ruler on Tuesday named Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister, elevating him from his role as foreign minister, after a row between ruling family members and parliament in the Gulf state led the last government to quit.

State news agency KUNA said the emir on Tuesday asked Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid, who has been Kuwait’s foreign minister since 2011, to form a new government.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah initially tapped caretaker premier Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah to form a new cabinet but he rebuffed the offer on Monday, citing a media campaign against him.

The government resignation came after lawmakers sought a no-confidence vote against the interior minister and as a dispute between senior officials, including the interior and defence ministers, over alleged mishandling of public funds went public.


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