Kuwait swears in fourth government in two years

In November, the previous administration resigned due to a disagreement with parliament over amendments

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Kuwait parliament
(Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images)

After the previous government withdrew in November amid political gridlock, a new Kuwaiti administration was installed on Wednesday, the oil-rich Arab emirate’s fourth within two years.

Kuwait has been shaken by conflicts involving elected legislators and previous governments headed by the ruling Al-Sabah family for more than a decade, with parliaments and ministries dissolving many times.

In November, the previous administration resigned due to a disagreement with parliament over amendments.

Since his installation as Prime Minister in December 2019, Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah has established four governments.

Kuwait has been the only Gulf Arab country with a freely elected parliament having substantial legislative powers and the capacity to impeach ministers.

In the rearrangement, Oil Minister Mohammed Al-Fares and Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Mohammed Al-Sabah keep their jobs.

Kuwait’s economy and governmental finances, like those of most Gulf countries, have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the declining oil price.

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