Kuwait names new cabinet

The Kuwaiti emir has appointed a new cabinet that retained all the most important ministers of the outgoing government and added a second woman.

Kuwait names new cabinet

The prime minister will continue to be Sheikh Nasser Al Sabah and the oil ministry will remain in the hands of Sheikh Ali Al Sabah, according to the cabinet list announced on state TV on Monday.


For the first time, Kuwait's new government has two women, one more than the outgoing cabinet.


The newcomer is Nouria al-Sbeih, who becomes minister of education. She is independent of any political group and is a former senior official in the education ministry.


The woman in the outgoing government, Massouma al-Mubarak, who became Kuwait's first female cabinet minister in 2005, is promoted to health minister.


She held the planning and administrative development portfolio in the previous government.


Ruling family


As usual in Kuwait, ruling family members will hold the portfolios of interior, defence and foreign affairs.


The former ministry of energy was divided, with the outgoing minister, Sheikh Ali, retaining the oil portfolio and a new person, Mohammed al-Oleim, being appointed minister of electricity and water.


Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, made no comment on the government's aims or policies in the decree which was read out by a presenter on national television.


No confidence


The outgoing cabinet resigned on March 4 to pre-empt a vote of no confidence in the health minister, a member of the ruling family.


Ministers had forced a vote of no-confidence in the minister, Sheikh Ahmed Al Sabah, accusing him of mismanagement, incompetence and deteriorating health services.


Votes of no-confidence in a minister are always a source of tension between the legislature and executive in this small oil-rich state.


They are usually avoided by the minister's resignation, a cabinet reshuffle or the dissolution of the 50-member legislature.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16