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Kuwait appoints new electricity minister

Ahmad Khaled Ahmad Al Jassar replaces Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim, who resigned on March 16 after a widespread power black-out

Kuwait appoints new electricity minister
Image courtesy: KUNA

Ahmad Khaled Ahmad Al Jassar has been appointed as Kuwait’s electricity minister days after the former minister stepped down over a black-out.

The former Kuwait Petroleum Corporation board member was sworn in at the Bayan Palace in front of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah.

Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim resigned from the post last week, a month after a widespread power cut hit the Gulf state, although that was not formally given as the reason for his stepping down.

Kuwait experienced a widespread power outage on February 11. At the time, Ibrahim had attributed the outage to a technical failure at a power station.

After the incident, lawmakers had called for the minister to answer questions in parliament.

On March 15, state news agency KUNA quoted Ibrahim as saying that a file on an investigation into the power cut showing maintenance shortfalls, which had been referred to the cabinet and the country's parliament, had been transferred to the public prosecutor.

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