Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah has on Sunday reappointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as the country’s prime minister and assigned him the task of forming a new government.
Recurring deadlock between Kuwait’s executive and legislative branches has led to seven dissolution of parliament, the resignation of 14 governments and the appointment of three prime ministers in just 14 years.
This has weighed on government planning, not least in the crucially important oil sector, with the oil minister changing 13 times in 16 years. Oil minister Mohammed Abdul Latif al-Fares was in office for less than a month before the cabinet’s resignation.
He is currently acting oil minister until the new government is formed, and he is either replaced on retained in his position.