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Sheikh among six to be affected by ministerial reshuffle: sources ‘MP Al-Omair to join Cabinet’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 30: The decision for a ministerial reshuffle and change will affect six ministers including a Sheikh, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting reliable sources. They indicated that MP Ali Al- Omair will join the Cabinet to constitutionally legalize it, adding that he will take over the ministries of Justice and, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

Meanwhile, a governmental source said HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah has not yet taken the decision of expanding the ministerial circle to bring in more lawmakers even though a number of parliamentary demands in this regard were posed.

He stressed that recruiting lawmakers as ministers proved successful in some phases while the result was the opposite in other phases, indicating his fear over a repetition of the latter phase. He further indicated that recruiting pro-government MPs into the Cabinet will result in lesser votes favoring the government from the Parliament. He said the current Parliament lacks considerable blocs, as the only big bloc is composed of lawmakers from the Awazim Tribe who are not progovernment.

The source affirmed that the citizens are more concerned about the development of the country than ministerial matters because focusing on the ministerial positions can achieve nothing at a time when the institutions of the country need to be restored due to disguised unemployment and lack of appreciation or penalty. In the same context, informed sources revealed that the new government will perform the constitutional oath in front of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah next Sunday or Monday, reports Al-Anba daily.

They indicated that the new formation will be unofficially announced at the end of this week and officially announced on Sunday. They revealed that the new government will not hesitate approving the draft laws for increasing the children allowance and increasing the housing loans to KD 100,000 if the parliament does not approve them.

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