HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah yesterday renamed outgoing Prime Minister HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah to form the next Cabinet. The decision came after the Amir held consultations with former speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem and former prime minister HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in addition to Sheikh Jaber himself. Former three-time speaker and opposition leader Ahmad Al-Saadoun was not present at the consultations.
Sheikh Jaber was first appointed to the post in late 2011 after the resignation of Sheikh Nasser. He has to form the new Cabinet before Dec 11 when the National Assembly is scheduled to hold its first meeting. Newly-elected MPs have called on the prime minister to carefully read the outcome of the general polls, in which the opposition won almost half of the 50 seats.
Opposition candidates are estimated to have won around 20 seats out of 50 in the Kuwaiti elections on Saturday that saw most parliament members replaced.The results of Saturday's vote are likely to make it harder for the government to work with the new assembly to pass further economic reforms to reduce the OPEC member's budget deficit.
Many Kuwaitis accustomed to decades of government largesse are wary of further changes after enduring cuts to fuel subsidies and perks for the vast public sector work force.
Via: Kuwait Times
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