The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah, announced Tuesday the country’s new government, which includes ten new ministers, and no representatives from Islamic parties.
The new cabinet of 16 members introduces new faces to the Oil and Defense departments, but no Islamist leaders, despite the landslide victory in the early legislative elections of February 2, in which the Islamist formations gained about 23 seats out of 50.
Only one opposition MP, Shouaib Muwaizri, has agreed to join the government as an independent after the collapse of negotiations between the Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah, and the opposition which called for the allocation of different portfolios.
In the new government there are no women.
Hani Hussein, former CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corp was appointed oil minister, while Sheikh Khaled Ahmad Al Sabah, a member of the ruling family and former chief of staff, defense minister.