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Kuwait Amir appoints Essam al-Marzouq as new oil minister

He has previously served as head of the country’s stock exchange and as a board member of state-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp

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Kuwait’s Amir appointed Essam Abdulmohsen Al-Marzouq as the country’s new oil minister on Saturday, state news agency KUNA reported.

Marzouq has previously served as head of the country’s stock exchange and as a board member of state-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC).

Anas al-Saleh, the former acting oil minister, retained his other role as Finance Minister.

Austerity measures

Opposition candidates won around half of the parliament’s 50 seats last month in a poll seen by Kuwaitis as a referendum on austerity measures brought on by low global oil prices.

Many Kuwaitis enjoy many perks that include free healthcare, education, subsidized basic products, free housing or land plots and interest-free loans for many.