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KUWAIT CITY, July 24: An Amiri order was issued on Sunday to announce the retired General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the new Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait. According to the statement issued by the Amiri Diwan, Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf was also asked to implement the order and form the new government.
The order to appoint Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad was issued by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah based on the Amiri decree of November 25, 2021 that mandates His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad to perform some of the Amiri constitutional powers.
His Highness the Crown Prince asked the Prime Minister to inform the National Assembly about the order and issue it in the official gazette. Earlier, informed sources affirmed that the acceptance of Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf to assume the Prime Minister’s office is within the legal procedures announced by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad in his last speech before the issuance of the decree to dissolve the Cabinet.
They highlighted the unprecedented reality imposed by the rejections of the position of prime minister in the country, something that did not prevent the continuation of efforts and consultations aimed at breaking the bottleneck and expediting the formation of the new government with a new premier and a new approach. The sources explained that the government has a specific task, which is to refer the dissolution decree. This will happen within a few days after the government takes the oath before the political leadership.
The next task is to hold the next elections. Neither a budget session nor any other session of the National Assembly will be held, due to the ministers’ unwillingness to attend the sessions. The budget will be issued by decree of necessity, and the constituencies will remain as they are without any modification. The sources revealed that several attempts were made with the personalities whose names were circulated to head the new government in order to persuade them to accept the assignment for the public interest, and to confront what the sources referred to as the attempt of some corrupt parties to obstruct integrity personalities from reaching the head of the government. They stressed that the prime minister has the right to choose his ministers and give his government ample time to act and correct the immediate mistakes and shortcomings of the past.
The sources also revealed arrangements for the formation of a political delegation that includes current and former MPs to meet with the political leadership in order to push for the completion of the constitutional and legal procedures that begin with giving the new prime minister a sufficient period to implement the contents of the royal speech before dissolving the National Assembly to help citizens make a good choice, correct the political path, and save Kuwait from the clutches of corruption and the corrupt. Meanwhile, MP Abdullah Al- Turaiji said the rejections were made, but the consultations, initiatives and protocol meetings continued in order to return to the correct political path that achieves the interest of Kuwait and its people who are boundlessly confident in the wisdom of His Highness the Amir and his aid and support from His Highness the Crown Prince in overcoming the crisis. In addition, Head of the political bureau in the National Assembly Bader Al- Dahoum accused the Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim of playing with the time factor in an attempt to prolong the life of the current parliament, and to continue as the speaker for as long as possible. He stressed that Al-Ghanim in this way does not respect the will of the people who are looking forward to a quick solution to the parliament.
Al-Dahoum affirmed that the historic speech of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince was in response to the popular aspiration, adding that he hopes the speech will be followed by executive steps that will enhance reform efforts and eliminate the corrupt. In an effort to reduce divisions within the opposition bloc of current and former MPs and activists who are awaiting for the decree of dissolving the National Assembly and forming “the national list” to enter the elections, Al-Dahoum confirmed that he does not accuse anyone of spoiling the votes in the elections for the speakership of the parliament, indicating that those three could be from ministers or MPs. By Khaled Al-Hajri and Raed Youssef Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies