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Annulment of Parliament delays Cabinet formation

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KUWAIT CITY, March 21, (Agencies): As Kuwait awaits the announcement of the new government formation headed by the Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, informed government sources told Al-Qabas that both the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barak Al-Shaitan, and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs and Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ammar Al-Ajami will not be included in the new government formation. The sources revealed Minister of Finance and the Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment, Abdul Wahhab Al- Rasheed, is expected to find a place in the new government formation, in addition to the return of Khaled Al-Fadil, who previously held the positions of Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water, and currently holds the position of Director-General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

The sources indicated that the 2020 National Assembly MP Issa Al-Kandari will also find a place in the new government formation. According to the sources, the formation of the 43rd government in the country’s history should have already been announced and the names submitted to the political leadership Sunday, March 19, but coinciding with the issuance of the Constitutional Court’s ruling annulling the 2022 National Assembly the formation of the government had to be postponed. The Constitutional Court on Sunday declared that the decree on the dissolution of the 2020 National Assembly is unconstitutional, thereby, voiding all the consequent procedures including the call for 2022 election and election results in the five constituencies.

The court decided that the election process, which took place last September, was null and void due to discrepancies in the decree dissolving the National Assembly of 2020. The court explained that the decree on dissolving the 2020 Assembly was issued based on the no-cooperation letter of HH the former Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah one day after forming the government, which had yet to take the constitutional oath before the Assembly.

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