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Tue 8 Nov 2016 05:24 PM

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Rumours over replacement of Kuwait PM 'baseless', say officials

Gov’t denies claims that ruling family held meeting to replace current PM with former foreign minister

Rumours over replacement of Kuwait PM 'baseless', say officials
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak al-Sabah. (AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwaiti officials have denied the ruling family held a meeting during which it agreed to appoint former foreign minister Sheikh Mohammad Al Sabah as prime minister in the next Cabinet.

Sources said the selection of a PM is the king’s sole decision and called the rumours “hearsay, baseless social media stories, analyses or wishes,” the Kuwait Times reported.

The sources said PM Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah will remain in office as agreed prior to the dissolution of the parliament.

“Sheikh Jaber has started a development plan and new projects and will remain in office to complete them,” they said, adding the current prime minister had succeeded in solving housing and state budget problems.

“No decisions are made because running the state is in the hand of HH the Amir, the government and constitutional bodies,” the sources said.

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