The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, has issued a decree forming a new government following the recent parliamentary elections.
According to the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Hamad Jaber Ali Al-Sabah has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in the new cabinet. Mohammad Abdul Latif Al-Fares has been appointed Minister of Oil, Power and Water.
According to a statement from the Kuwaiti government, Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Sabah has been re-appointed as foreign minister. Khalifa Hamada will be finance minister in the new cabinet.
Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah has been appointed Minister of Interior and Nawaf Al-Yaseen Minister of Justice. A woman has also been included in the Cabinet and Dr Rana Abdullah Abdul Rehman Al-Fares has been re-appointed Minister of State for Public Works and Housing.
Safa al-Hashim, a woman from Kuwait’s former parliament, was elected but lost the seat in the recent parliamentary elections.
The number of opposition seats in the new 50-member National Assembly has increased, with two-thirds of the former members losing their seats.
Note that after the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on 29 September 2020 at the age of 91, the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah was named the new Kuwait’s emir by the country’s cabinet to succeed after his brother.
The announcement of the cabinet was read out on the state television. Under the Gulf Arab State’s constitution, the Crown Prince automatically becomes the new emir of Kuwait and will have all the powers after taking an oath in the parliament.