Kuwait’s Emir Appoints New Prime Minister Amid Political Instability in Early 2024

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Kuwait’s Emir Picks New PM After Latest Elections


The Emir, appointed a former oil minister, Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah al-Sabah, to lead the government. This comes after recent parliamentary elections in the Gulf nation, known for its political instability. Sheikh Ahmad will choose new cabinet members.

This decision follows two key events: the recent ascension of Sheikh Meshal to the Emirate and the third parliamentary vote in just three years. The opposition maintained control of the parliament in this latest election. The previous government resigned shortly after the April 4th polls due to ongoing tensions with the parliament.

The New Prime Minister Background


The new Prime Minister, Sheikh Ahmad, is 71 years old and previously served as both Oil and Information Minister (2009-2011). He recently held a high-ranking position in the crown prince’s court. Sheikh Ahmad has a background in finance, having earned a degree from the University of Illinois.

Despite being rich in oil reserves (7% of the world’s total) and having a strong elected assembly (most powerful in the Gulf), Kuwait struggles with political dysfunction. This often stems from disagreements between the parliament and the royally appointed government, with issues like corruption being a major point of contention. This dysfunction has hindered Kuwait’s efforts to diversify its economy like its neighboring Gulf countries.

What is the role of Kuwait’s Prime minister?

The executive branch of the Government of Kuwait is led by the Prime Minister, who is the head of government of Kuwait. The Prime Minister is the third most powerful official in the country, following the Emir of Kuwait and Speaker of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is responsible for leading the executive branch of the Government of Kuwait and is appointed by the Emir. The Prime Minister is usually a member of the ruling family and is responsible for appointing the cabinet, which is responsible for implementing the policies of the government. The Prime Minister also plays a role in foreign policy and often serves as a mediator in regional and international disputes.

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