Kuwait's new cabinet sworn in, oil minister replaced

09:49, May 09, 2011      

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Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Sunday swore in the Gulf emirate's new cabinet, with former Oil and Information Minister Sheikh Ahmed Al- Abdullah Al-Sabah being not included, the state TV reported.

This was the seventh cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah since he took office in 2006 and the 28th since the oil-rich emirate declared independence on June 19, 1961.

According to the composition of the cabinet carried by the official KUNA news agency, Mohammad Al-Besairi was appointed the minister of oil and minister of state for parliament affairs.

Key minister portfolios including defense, interior and foreign affairs are from the ruling Sabah family.

Former Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammad Hassan Al- Efasi doubles the Minister of Justice. Other new faces in the minister portfolios including the minister of state for cabinet affairs, the minister of education, the minister of commerce and industry, minister of electricity and water.

The former cabinet resigned on March 31 to avoid three ministers being grilled in the outspoken parliament, in a fresh round of tensions between the Gulf emirates' parliament and government.

The Amir Sheikh Sabah on April 4 reappointed Sheikh Nasser to form a new cabinet, which would govern the emirate that sits atop around 10 percent of the global oil reserves.

Kuwait is the first Gulf Arab state to adopt a constitution in 1962 and an elected parliament was born the following year. The parliament was bestowed the right to question ministers or vote them out of office.

The long-standing tensions between the government and parliament have delayed major economic reforms in the emirate, which sits around ten percent of the global proven oil reserves.

The Amir, who has the final say in the Gulf emirate's politics, has dissolved parliament three times in the past in efforts to put an end to the political crisis.

Source: Xinhua
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