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Kuwait's Amir Named Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem as Prime Minister

  • Publish date: Friday، 05 January 2024
Kuwait's Amir Named Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem as Prime Minister

In an official decree by HH the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, former foreign minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah has been designated as Kuwait's new prime minister, entrusted with the formation of the country's Cabinet. This appointment sees Sheikh Dr Mohammad taking the reins from former Prime Minister HH Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah.

Profile of the New Prime Minister

Sheikh Dr Mohammad, aged 68, brings a wealth of experience as the son of former Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, who governed Kuwait from 1965 to 1976. Educated at Harvard University with a doctorate in economics, he embarked on a career that included roles as a professor at Kuwait University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. Notably, in the early 1990s, he served as Kuwait's ambassador to the United States.

Political Journey and Return to Leadership

His political journey began in 2001 when he assumed the post of minister of state for foreign affairs, eventually advancing to the position of foreign minister two years later. However, in October 2011, Sheikh Dr Mohammad stepped down from government duties and remained distant from political spheres for the past 12 years. There is no set timeline for the formation of his Cabinet, following this announcement.

Parliamentary Outlook and Expectations

Following the announcement, National Assembly Speaker Ahmad Al-Saadoun scheduled a parliament session for Tuesday, January 9. Lawmakers welcomed Sheikh Dr Mohammad's appointment, urging him to concentrate on development strategies and foster amicable relations with the National Assembly. Parliamentarians emphasized aligning with HH the Amir's recent address as a guide for ministerial appointments.

Expectations and Insights

Observers and analysts praised Sheikh Dr Mohammad's past anti-corruption stance and hailed his diplomatic experience and academic background, anticipating his ability to implement envisioned reforms. Analysts stressed the importance of a capable and transparent government, advocating for ministers willing to engage with parliamentary scrutiny and contribute meaningfully to Kuwait's progress.