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Kuwaiti cabinet sworn in as new emir pledges reforms

Published February 21st, 2006 - 05:48 GMT
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Al Bawaba

Kuwait's new cabinet was sworn in on Monday, while the emirate's new Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, stated that the new government would push forward with economic and political reform. 


"Our priorities include stimulating the local economy and encouraging investment and attracting technology, as well as directing any financial surplus into developing infrastructure and updating our services," Sheikh Nasser stated, according to Reuters.


He also pledged to shrink the number of electoral districts in Kuwait while advancing a new liberal press law, and said that he would continue the reform policies implemented by Kuwait's previous cabinet.


Sheikh Sabah's accession to the throne put an end to a leadership struggle within the ruling family that broke out following the death of Kuwait's former emir, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah, in January.


Sheikh Nasser also warned that reform and modernization would not be an easy task, and that the process would not be without "difficulties and obstacles".


The new cabinet, which was on February 9, was criticized by some opposition groups who claimed in contained corrupt elements.


Kuwait, which has a native population of less than 1 million citizens, has one of the highest standards of living in the world as it sits on an estimated 10% of the world's proven oil reserves.

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