Kuwait forms compact government

December 14, 2011

Kuwait’s prime minister has formed a compact government in which no new minister was appointed.

The 10-minister cabinet will last until the announcement of the results of the parliamentarian elections expected to be held in early February.

Four ministers in the outgoing government, Mohammad Al Afassi, Ali Al Rashed, Abdul Wahab Al Haroon and Hilal Al Sayer, have been dropped from the new formation after they insisted on their resignation or opted to run for parliament.

The new cabinet will be sworn in on Wednesday amid expectations that the Emir–who approved the formation late on Tuesday–will re-issue the order to dissolve the parliament and put an end to the heated debates over the constitutionality of the December 6 order.

Under Kuwait’s laws, the dissolution is based upon a recommendation from the government.

However, the cabinet resigned on November 28 and only Shaikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah was appointed prime minister, prompting several former lawmakers and legal experts to claim that there was no genuine government at the time and that the dissolution recommendation was unconstitutional.

The claims were refuted by other legal experts who said that there was a government running the affairs of the state and that the dissolution was constitutional.

Elections must be held within 60 days of the parliament dissolution.

Members of the new government
  • Shaikh Ahmad Al Humoud Al Jaber Al Sabah: Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior
  • Shaikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah: Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
  • Mustafa Jassem Al Shimali: Minister of Finance and Minister of Health
  • Dr. Fadhel Safar Ali Safar: Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs
  • Dr. Mohammad Mohsen Al Busairi: Minister of Oil and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs.
  • Ahmad Abdul Mohsen Al Mulaifi: Minister of Justice, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education
  • Dr. Amani Khaled Bouresly: Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of State for Planning and Development
  • Salem Mutheeb Al Athaina: Minister of Electricity and Water, and Minister of Communications.
  • Mohammad Abbas Rabee Al Nomas: Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs
  • Shaikh Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah: Minister of Information
  • http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/kuwait/kuwait-forms-compact-government-1.950835


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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