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Kuwait finance minister’s resignation approved

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The Kuwaiti authorities approved on Thursday the resignation of Finance Minister Nayef al-Hajraf, the official Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported.

Minister of State for Economic affairs Mariam al-Aqeel will serve as interim finance minister, it added.

The resignation of Hajraf is a prelude to his nomination by Kuwait as secretary-general of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat said on Thursday.

The GCC also includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.