Sheikh Nasser renamed Kuwait PM


Islamists and tribesmen consolidated their hold on Kuwait’s Parliament in Saturday’s poll, dashing prospects of change after long-running rows paralyzed political life and delayed crucial economic reforms.

Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, had dissolved the assembly in March to end the standoff with deputies. But many of the same faces are back in Parliament and political sources said they expected Sheikh Nasser, a member of the ruling family, to reappoint many of the same ministers.

The next Cabinet will be the fourth headed by 68-year-old Sheikh Nasser, a nephew of the emir, since 2006.

Some lawmakers had already warned against the reappointment of Sheikh Nasser and threatened to resume their campaign of questioning ministers, which had overshadowed legislative efforts in the last assembly.

“Lawmakers will practice their constitutional responsibilities if a new prime minister is not appointed,” Islamist MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaie told Al-Watan newspaper.

With a deputy already threatening to question the interior minister, political sources expect him to be replaced. The prime minister has always been a member of the ruling Al-Sabah family. Key portfolios such as defense, interior and foreign affairs are also held by members of the ruling family.



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