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Sheikh Sabah has been tasked with appointing members of a new cabinet for approval by the emir, a decree circulated in state media said.

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has reappointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister following parliamentary polls in the Gulf Arab state, which faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

Sheikh Nawaf has asked Sheikh Sabah to appoint members of a new cabinet for approval, state media reported on Tuesday.

While the emir has the final say in matters of state, the prime minister has traditionally helped navigate the often strained relationship between government and parliament, where opposition candidates have made gains in the legislative vote of Saturday.

Sheikh Sabah, who had been foreign minister since 2011 before being elevated to prime minister at the end of 2019, faces the urgent task of overcoming the legislative deadlock over a debt law that would allow Kuwait to exploit the international debt markets in order to plug a growing budget. deficit.

Frequent quarrels and blockages between the cabinet and the legislature, the oldest and most open in the Gulf region, have led to successive government reshuffles and parliamentary dissolutions, hampering investment and economic reform and tax in the welfare state from cradle to grave.

The oil policy of the OPEC producer, which is set by a Supreme Petroleum Council, and foreign policy, which is led by the Amir, is unlikely to change under the new government.



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