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Kuwait announces new members of government led by Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid

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Kuwait formed a new government on Tuesday, state news agency KUNA reported, a month after the previous one resigned due to a row between ruling family members and parliament.

Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah will be prime minister. Previously foreign minister, he was appointed by Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah days after the government resigned.

The resignation came after lawmakers sought a no-confidence vote against the interior minister and as a dispute between senior officials, including the interior and defense ministers, over alleged mishandling of public funds went public.

Caretaker premier Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah had initially been nominated to form the new cabinet but he turned down the offer, citing a media campaign against him.

Other appointments included Khaled al-Fadhel reappointed as oil minister, Anas Khaled Nasser Al Salih appointed to the position of interior minister, Ahmed Mansoor Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as defense minister, and Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah as foreign minister.

Mariam Al-Aqeel was appointed as finance minister, the first female in the Gulf region to hold the post.

Kuwait’s parliament wields power to pass legislation and question ministers.