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New govt line-up likely today

‘Balanced’ national figures to be included

KUWAIT CITY, March 1: Following the issuance of the Amiri decree 37 days ago on January 24 to assign His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled to form a new government, white smoke emitted yesterday, heralding the birth of a government, which is described by political circles as “strong, solid, competent and close to the popular pulse”.

According to reliable sources, the formation would include a number of “balanced” national figures with a long history in political and parliamentary work.

They revealed the exit of the Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh, Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Faisal Al-Medlej, State Minister for Housing Affairs Dr. Abdullah Marafi, and Minister of Justice Dr. Nawaf Al-Yaseen. The sources affirmed that the ruling family members with sovereign portfolios are returning to their positions without change, except that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Al- Nasser will take over the portfolio of the State Ministry for Cabinet Affairs in addition to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They went on to say that the most prominent new members in the formation are the former MP Abdullah Al-Roumi who is a candidate for the position of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, a former member of the first annulled Parliament Shaya Al-Shaya who is a candidate to take over the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the State Ministry for Municipal Affairs, which Minister Rana Al-Faris will abandon and will instead focus only on the Ministry of Public Works, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman who is a candidate for the position of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The sources ruled out the entry of a new MP into the government formation, as well as the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and the Minister of Social Affairs Essa Al-Kandari. They denied the reports about the possibility of the two MPs Ali Al-Qattan and Nasser Al-Dousari joining the government. The sources affirmed that the Cabinet will hold its first meeting after its new formation on Wednesday, adding that measures and plans related to combating the coronavirus pandemic are expected to top its agenda.

By Khaled Al-Hajri Al-Seyassah Staff

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