Kuwait’s emir approves new cabinet

KUWAIT - Kuwait’s ruler approved a new cabinet on Thursday, which ushered back many of the old faces following the resignation of the last one in June in a standoff with parliament.

By Mahmoud Harby (Reuters)

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Published: Thu 19 Jul 2012, 8:23 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 2:38 PM

Hani Hussein was reappointed as oil minister and Nayef Al Hajraf was given the finance portfolio in the new 14-member cabinet, state new agency KUNA reported.

The previous cabinet, including Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah who returned as prime minister, resigned after Kuwait’s constitutional court effectively dissolved a parliament dominated by opposition Islamists, reinstating its more government-friendly predecessor instead.

The line-up of the new cabinet, which saw one new face, former lawmaker Rola Dashti, as planning and development minister, was a widely expected move by analysts and lawmakers.

Analysts expect Kuwait’s ruler to dissolve parliament in order to allow a new election, widely expected to be held after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which could start as soon as Friday.

The new cabinet should be sworn in before the reinstated parliament.

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