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HOPES RETIRED GENERAL WILL CALL CADENCE FOR FUTURE OF KUWAIT
KUWAIT CITY, July 25: His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday received a letter of thanks from the newly-appointed Prime Minister (Rtd.) General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. As he faces the task of naming new cabinet members, the Prime Minister said he was “honored to fill the job.” He thanked His Highness the Amir for his “trust and appreciation,” pledging to do his utmost to serve the nation and “retain national gains.” He wished Kuwait continued prosperity and development, reiterating that he was honored to have been named the country’s new prime minister.
His Highness the Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday received a letter of gratitude from the newly-appointed Prime Minister (Rtd.) General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. As he faces the task of naming new cabinet members, the Prime Minister said he was “honored to fill the job,” underlining his committment to bring national aspirations to fruition. He thanked His Highness the Crown Prince for his “trust and appreciation,” pledging to do his utmost to serve the nation and “retain national gains.” He went on to wish Kuwait continued prosperity and development, reiterating that he was honored to have been named the country’s new prime minister.
His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday sent a letter of thanks to outgoing prime minister His Highness Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. In the message, His Highness the Amir spoke highly of His Highness Sabah Al-Khaled’s dedication in serving “the dear homeland” and promoting its “development march” during his tenure. “We hold you in high esteem for delivering on your responsibilities at your best, which will remain in the memory of the homeland,” His Highness the Amir wrote.
He expressed best wishes for His Highness Sabah Al-Khaled, hoping that he will continue contributing to the progress and prosperity of the homeland. Former First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, retired army general Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah was named Kuwait’s new prime minister in an Amiri order on Sunday. Born in 1956, Sheikh Ahmad is the son of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. A Bachelor degree of Commerce Kuwait University graduate, he was later drafted in military service, arriving at the rank of general before retirement from the army. He had assumed the role of first deputy prime minister and interior minister since March 2022.
This was preceded by several stints, also at the Ministry of Interior alongside the National Guard. At the Ministry of Interior, he has served as Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports Affairs followed by the role of Assistant Undersecretary for Education and Training Affairs. His retirement from the ministry thereafter was followed by his appointment as Governor of the Hawalli Governorate. In November 2020, an Amiri order was given, appointing Sheikh Ahmad to the role of Deputy Chief of the National Guard at the minister rank.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at Bayan Palace on Monday His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. His Highness the Crown Prince also received Prime Minister retired General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and all members of the Assembly have expressed satisfaction over the Amiri decision to appoint His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as the new prime minister and assigned him to form the new government. Al-Ghanim congratulated the newlyappointed premier for gaining the trust of HH the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, wishing him the best in his new endeavor and imploring Allah Almighty to support him in bearing this national responsibility.
MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri pointed out the appointment of Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf as prime minister in this period comes with the need to clean the country from the corrupt who damaged national unity, education and health; manipulated resources of the State; and put the country in the lowest ranks in all fields. He said this task requires prompt and remarkable action, starting with the improvement of relations between the legislative and executive authorities as a prelude to strengthening ties between the three authorities — legislative, executive and judiciary — as per the Constitution.
MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari prayed that Allah Almighty will help the new prime minister in combating corruption which has spread in most public institutions. He urged the entire Al-Sabah Family to work in the interest of citizens, and to protect their freedom and wealth.
MP Thamer Al-Suwait believes the appointment of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf is a positive step that will end the era of allocating the citizens’ fortune for the corrupt. He affirmed full support for efforts to remove the traces of the heavy burden that the corrupt put on the citizens’ shoulders.
MP Muhammad Al-Hewaila asked Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf to take the opportunity to start at the point of optimism in launching the national comprehensive reform project. MP Fayez Al-Jomhour said the unprecedented support of the people for Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf is a chance for him to promptly take decisions in line with the wishes and ambitions of citizens.
MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf asserted the new premier plays a big role in implementing comprehensive political and economic reforms, protecting public funds and punishing the corrupt regardless of their status. He added the new era should be titled, “Serious and hard work and speedy accomplishment.”
MP Hamad Al-Matar stressed the need to put Kuwait in higher ranks in all fields, indicating he fully supports any measure which serves the interest of the country and its people. He went on to say that whoever falls short is not protected.
MP Osama Al-Shaheen pointed out that Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf took pro-reform decisions while he was in charge of Interior Ministry; so he expects the latter to take similar decisions during his tenure as prime minister.
MP Marzouq Al-Khalifa said the trust of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the unprecedented support of citizens for Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf mean he must quickly act to address urgent and pending issues like the homecoming of all displaced citizens and questioning those involved in corruption.
MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf urged Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf to execute the Amiri decision regarding amnesty, and launch a new course for combating corruption and implementing reforms. MP Soud Bu Sleeb said Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf should not repeat the mistakes of previous governments and adopt a new course aimed at realizing a clear vision to build a brighter future for Kuwait.
MP Abdullah Al-Mudaf pointed out that public support is a must and preserving it is the key to political success. MP Fares Al-Otaibi hopes the Amiri decision to appoint Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf as prime minister will end the era of disputes and start a new reformative course. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies