Kuwaiti Oil Minister to Take on Interim Information Portfolio
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Saud Nasser al-Sabah was named Tuesday to take on the information portfolio in an interim capacity following the resignation of Saad bin Teflah al-Ajmi, Foreign Minister Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah said.
Sheikh Sabah, quoted by the official KUNA news agency, said Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, had made the appointment.
"Sheikh Jaber has still not ruled on the issue of the minister of information's resignation, but has charged Sheikh Saud with running (the ministry) until Mr. Ajmi returns," Sheikh Sabah said.
Ajmi, who has been the target of repeated criticism by Islamist MPs for his media policy, resigned on October 18.
Ajmi, who left Kuwait for London after quitting, was appointed to the cabinet in July 1999 following parliamentary elections that saw both Islamist and liberal opposition groups gain strength in the 50-seat house.
During his 15-month tenure, the minister was repeatedly criticized, mainly by Islamist MPs, for failing to adopt a conservative media policy in the state-run television and radio stations.
His resignation came amid rising speculation of an imminent cabinet reshuffle, and analysts in Kuwait said it will accelerate the process.
The current Kuwaiti cabinet, the sixth since the emirate's 1991 liberation from Iraq, has come to the brink of collapse several times since its formation in July 1999 because of internal differences and disputes with parliament – KUWAIT CITY (AFP)
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