Kuwait: New cabinet sworn in

Published December 14th, 2011 - 12:59 GMT
Sheikh Jaber
Sheikh Jaber

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Wednesday swore in the new cabinet which included minor changes to the government that stepped down last month over allegations of corruption.

Sheikh Sabah also called on Kuwaiti voters to abandon factional, sectarian and tribal allegiances while choosing representatives in an upcoming general elections. .

The new cabinet is headed by former defense minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, and is comprised of 10 ministers. According to AFP, Interior minister Sheikh Ahmad al-Humud Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, has been entrusted with the defense portfolio, while the foreign affairs, oil, finance, electricity and water ministries remain unchanged.

The new cabinet will serve for several weeks as stipulated by Kuwaiti law, which calls on the government to resign after declaring election results. 

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