New Prime Minister appointed in Kuwait

Published July 13th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued an order appointing Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the position of Prime Minister of Kuwait, following the Premier's over forty years of diplomatic service to the country.  


By doing so, the emir has for the first time separated the post of prime minister from the role of heir to the throne - a key demand of political reformers. The move came despite setbacks for pro-reform liberals in last week's parliamentary elections.  


Appointed to the position of Foreign Minister for the first time in 1963, Sheikh Sabah continued to hold this post until 1991. Seven years later he was assigned to the Cabinet as First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, which is the position he held throughout various Cabinet re-shufflings.  


During the period between 1971 and 1975, Sheikh Sabah held the position of acting Information Minister in addition to his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In addition, he was acting Finance Minister and acting Oil Minister from 1965 until 1967, according to the official Kuwait News Agency.  


During the period when Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Premier Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah was abroad receiving medical treatment, Sheikh Sabah was appointed the position of acting Prime Minister. 


The 74-year old newly-appointed Premier is the fourth son of the late Emir Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. ( 

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