Kuwait reappoints Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid as PM - GulfToday

Kuwait reappoints Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid as PM


Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah waits before speaking during the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. File / Reuters

Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid has been reappointed prime minister, state media said on Tuesday, and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the country’s third this year in a domestic political standoff.

State news agency KUNA said Sheikh Sabah, prime minister since late 2019, was reappointed by an emiri order issued by Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Sabah.

The government had resigned on Nov.8 in the standoff with the elected parliament.

Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah last week temporarily handed over some of his main constitutional duties to the crown prince, his designated successor, including naming the prime minister and swearing in the cabinet.

Before doing so, the emir had accepted the government's resignation as part of measures to end a months-long deadlock between the government and opposition lawmakers. He also issued an amnesty pardoning political dissidents to defuse the row.


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