DECREE ISSUED FOR FORMATION OF NEW CABINET

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Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is PM

KUWAIT CITY, April 9: A decree was issued on Sunday to form the Kuwaiti Cabinet, headed by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The premier presented the names of his Cabinet to His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in accordance with the Constitution. The names of the new Cabinet as follows:
1. Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister and Acting Defense Minister.
2. Dr. Khaled Ali Mohammad Al-Fadhel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
3. Dr. Bader Hamed Al-Mulla, Deputy Prime Minister and Oil Minister and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs.
4. Fahad Ali Zayed Al-Shala, Minister of State for Municipality Affairs and Minister of State of Communication Affairs.
5. Abdulrahman Bedah Al-Mutairi, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs.
6. Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab Al-Awadhi, Minister of Health.
7. Amani Suleiman Buqammaz, Minister of Public works.
8. Dr. Hamad Abdulwahab Al-Adwani, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
9. Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
10. Mai Jassem Al-Baghli, Minister of Social Affairs and Societal Development and Minister of State for Women and Childhood Affairs.
11. Dr. Aamer Mohammad Ali Mohammad, Minister of Justice and Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.
12. Mutlaq Nayef Omar Abo Raqba Al-Otaibi, Minister of Electricity, Water, Renewable Energy, and Minister of State of Housing Affairs.
13. Mohammad Othman Mohammad Al-Ayiban, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
14. Manaf Abdulaziz Al-Hajrey, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs.

MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf earlier had described the current situation in the country as unprecedented in terms of the chaos, uncertainty, unclear vision, lack of wise leadership and dispute of the three authorities. In a press statement, he pointed out that the country is totally paralyzed now; stressing the people of Kuwait are neither part of the problem nor they have chosen this situation. He said the disputes between members of Sabah Family are destroying the country; asserting these disputes led to the suspension of the Constitution and demolition of public institutions.

He warned that the nation will collapse if the current situation continues. He elaborated that the country witnessed the suspension of the Constitution when His Highness the Prime Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah delayed the formation of the government. He asserted this resulted in the disruption of the sessions of the 2022 Parliament, which was nullified by the Constitutional Court against the people’s will. He added some members of the 2020 Parliament insist on remaining in their seats despite the objection of most citizens.

He went on to say that if it is true that HH the Prime Minister asked Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council Judge Muhammad bin Naji to resign, it is unacceptable as it is a violation of the Constitution. He wondered who dragged the judiciary into the political dispute between the legislative and executive authorities, emphasizing that the Constitutional Court should have kept its distance from such a dispute. “Since the nullification of the 2012 Parliament until the nullification of the 2022 Parliament, there have been attempts to drag the judicial authority into political disputes,” he added.

He also underscored the need to amend the Constitutional Court Law to protect the judiciary and maintain its dignity. “Regrettably, the Supreme Judiciary Council is against such a legislative amendment,” he revealed. He appealed to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah to ensure the implementation of the contents of the Amiri speech delivered on June 22, 2022; which stressed the need to rectify errors and implement political reforms in order to prevent the recurrence of crises. He recommended the adoption of a parliamentarian political system; which will serve as the headline of a comprehensive political reform, starting with amending the Elections Law to adopt the party-list proportional representation (list PR). “The repeated failure of the members of Sabah Family to manage the government is unbearable and costly. The nation, citizens and future generations will pay a high price,” he warned. In another development, former MP Waleed Al- Tabtabaie called for following in the footstep of Saudi Arabia in opening the Ritz Hotel as the start of combating corruption. Others want His Highness the Crown Prince to head the government like HH the late Amir Sheikh Saad Al- Abdullah.

They pointed out that the current situation requires a powerful governmental leader, so the country can overcome the ongoing crisis. Some parties called for suspending the Constitution for a certain period, so the political leadership could take the necessary decisions. Meanwhile, a number of citizens, including some prominent personalities, gathered at Erada Square to condemn the Israeli attacks on Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. MP Osama Al-Saheen, who attended the gathering, stressed the need to support the Palestinians, expose the Israeli occupation and stop all methods of normalizing relations with Israel. He said he is proud of the Palestinian resistance to the Zionist occupation in South Lebanon, Gaza, West Bank and other occupied territories. He urged the Arabs, Muslims and free world to provide all kinds of support for the Palestinians. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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