New Kuwaiti Cabinet Sworn in Saturday

Published February 17th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The new Kuwaiti government was sworn in Saturday before Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, reported the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA). 

The new cabinet was formed by Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad Abdullah al-Sabah, who has headed 11 successive governments since 1978. 

Chairing the first cabinet meeting, Sheikh Saad urged closer cooperation between the government and parliament to tackle "the delicate situation,” KUNA said, adding that he also called for "achieving reforms in all fields." 

The emir called on ministers to "work to preserve the sovereignty of the nation and its independence" and to "exert all efforts to confront existing challenges, to achieve "security, prosperity and stability,” said the agency.  

Eight newcomers, including a controversial minister are on board. 

The new cabinet is the 20th government since the independence on June 19, 1961.  

The previous government resigned last month after it came under bitter criticism from the parliament, the only democratically elected legislature in the Gulf countries. 

The new oil minister was named as Adel al-Subaih, who's held several cabinet posts since 1997. 

In December last year, Subaih survived a no-confidence vote in parliament after intense questioning by opposition MPs. 

The foreign, interior and health portfolios remain unchanged. 

In the new government, four elected members of parliament have ministerial positions, compared with one in the previous cabinet – 

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