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Kuwaiti PM announces new cabinet

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has formed a new cabinet, dropping his oil minister.

world Updated: May 10, 2011 02:30 IST

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has formed a new cabinet, dropping his oil minister.

The 16-member cabinet was sworn in on Sunday by the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Former communications minister Mohammed al-Baseeri, a veteran Islamist politician, was given the oil portfolio in Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the Gulf state's ruling family.

The cabinet includes six new faces, including a new female minister who will lead the nation's Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Besides the prime minister, the new cabinet includes four members of the Al-Sabah ruling family, one less than in the previous cabinet. They continue to hold the key posts of defence, interior and foreign affairs.

Since May 2006, Sheikh Nasser, a nephew of the ruler, resigned six times and parliament was dissolved three times over political disputes between the government and the opposition.

The Amir entrusted Sheikh Nasser with stewardship of the nation once again when he reappointed him as Premier last month, following the government's resignation on March 31.

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