Kuwait ruler reappoints PM, calls for new cabinet

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait (Getty Images).

Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait (Getty Images).

Kuwait's ruler reappointed Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah as prime minister on Wednesday and asked him to form a government, the state news agency KUNA said, after a parliamentary election boycotted by the opposition.

The Gulf Arab state's ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, issued the order by decree. Under constitutional rules, Sheikh Jaber must form a cabinet before the first session of the new parliament on December 16. The old cabinet quit on Monday.

Sheikh Jaber, a 70-year old former defence minister, became prime minister in late 2011 after his predecessor was forced to resign following pressure in parliament.

The December 1 election was the second this year in the OPEC state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed due to a long-running power struggle between the parliament and the cabinet, in which the emir's relatives hold the top posts.

While the new parliament is expected to be more cooperative with the government than its predecessor because of the opposition boycott, the election proved divisive.

Turnout was around 40 percent, the lowest ever in Kuwait and the opposition movement, made up of youth activists and opposition politicians, has promised more protests after staging a march of tens of thousands on November 30.

The Interior Ministry said late on Tuesday it would take all necessary measures to prevent "unauthorised assembly" in Kuwait after a series of snap demonstrations outside the capital.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Events that moved the markets

Events that moved the markets

What, if anything, have we learnt from past crises that have...

A country on hold: Oman's next step?

A country on hold: Oman's next step?

The Gulf state has been relatively stable under the rule of one...

1
Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

King is clearly laying the ground for a generational shift in...

Most Discussed
  • 12
    Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

    Modi was quiet all along and did not utter a word regarding the attacks on minorities and their institutions. It took Obama's address to him to atleast... more

    Saturday, 28 March 2015 2:25 AM - Ali
  • 11
    Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

    On service charges.

    We were overcharged for years by Nakheel so that those loans could be paid back.

    The dramatic cuts have come to nothing... more

    Friday, 27 March 2015 7:32 PM - Pondersome George
  • 6
    Drunk passenger who slapped air stewardess jailed in Dubai

    Its high time airlines ban alcoholic drinks on board or limit it to just one drink. There are many passengers who love the free alcohol and keep drinking... more

    Saturday, 28 March 2015 2:25 AM - Azk