Kuwait Emir appoints new government: Al-Fares oil minister, Hamade gets finance

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Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah appointed a new government on Monday, following elections in the country this month.

Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali al-Sabah will serve as deputy prime minister and minister of defense.

The decree appointed Mohammad Abdulatif al-Fares as the new oil, electricity and water minister, according to the government communications office on Twitter. Al-Fares replaces the outgoing outgoing Khaled al-Fadhel.

Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Sabah has been reappointed as foreign minister, added the office.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah has been reappointed. (AFP)
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al-Sabah has been reappointed. (AFP)

Khalifa Hamade was named as finance minister, replacing Barak al-Shitan.

Sheikh Thamer Ali Sabah Al-Salem al-Sabah has been appointed as the minister of interior and Nawaf Al-Yaseen is the minister of justice.

The cabinet includes one woman, Dr. Rana Abdulla Abdulrahman al-Fares, reappointed as minister of public works and minister of state for housing affairs.

Kuwait's only female MP Safa al-Hashem lost her seat in the recent parliamentary elections.

The results saw opposition candidates make gains in the parliamentary vote for the 50-member chamber, in which two-thirds of incumbent MPs lost their seats.

With Reuters.

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