Kuwait: New Cabinet Formation Could Feature Fresh Faces

Kuwait: New Cabinet Formation Could Feature Fresh Faces

By Pius Godsday | Politics Reporter on February 6, 2020
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Kuwait prime minister, HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah
FILE - Kuwait's then-foreign minister, now prime minister, Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah attends the Arab League's foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo, Egypt, Apr. 21, 2019. | Reuters

There are very many things happening in Kuwait, from the technological advancement of the IT sector, infrastructure changes, and social transformation aimed at giving the country a new face after a bad experience with war. Since the appointment of Kuwait prime minister, HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah is making a lot of changes in the government and the recent appointments are going to give the country a new face.

For instance, he plans to have lawmakers to get incorporated in the cabinet as a replacement for one who used to present the government during the earlier government. Therefore, there is a likelihood of the recent Minister MP Mohammed Al-Jabri may get back to parliament.

The new changes and appointments may give the Kuwait government a break from allegations of corruption issues where some of the government officials have been implicated.

Appointment Plans

According to sources, there was an agreement to have the appointment of MP Rakan Al-Nisf and seen as the right fit to take the ministry of commerce and industry as well Minister of state for youth affairs. On the other hand, more appointments are in the pipeline, and many engagements are happening to have several MPs to have them appointed for other ministries. And some of the MPs the Prime Minister is also targeting for a ministerial appointment is Bader Al-Mulla.

The Ministry of Information as well may get a new face with the appointment of Tareq Al-Mezram who is currently the government spokesman seen as the possible target for that post. The other position that may see some changes is Interior ministry, which according to speculation might swing to Sheikh Thamer Al-Ali Al-Sabah, currently heading the national security bureau.

The new changes and appointments have also encountered some controversy, for instance, the ministry of defence. There is speculation that the position was given to the deputy chief of Joint staffs Mr Abdullah Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah by the Prime Minister. However, no firm decision has been given regarding the position yet. The ministry of defence has two contending appointees likely to take the position, but it is not very clear who will take the job. But some sources have mentioned the Governor of Hawally, Mr Sheikh Ahmen Nawaf to possibly take the position or his brother just in case he is not ready. The appointment of sheikh for ministerial positions does not follow the same process as others, as they are first deliberated within the family ruling council.

The new ministerial formation has locked out the current Minister for Justice Mr Fahd Al-Afasi. Some may not be affected by the current cabinet reshuffle such as Minister for Education Hamed Al-Azmi. Others may not be entirely affected, but they will get switched from one ministry to another. The likes of Khaled Al-Roudhan may go from Commerce ministry to Finance Ministry.

The ministry docket that used to be run by resigned Minister Mr Jenan Busheri is said according to sources to have a replacement by an official working in the ministry of Public works. These changes are expected to bring a not only a new face to the Kuwait government but revitalize service delivery.

The Prime Minister offered some positions to members of the ruling family, but, they were shy to take any position in the cabinet for they believe that the duration of the current government will have very short term.

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