Kuwait emir re-appoints PM after parliamentary vote

CAIRO, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Wednesday renamed the outgoing prime minister to form a new cabinet, official KUNA news agency reported.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah will form the new government and present the nominees to the country's emir for approval, the report said.

The outgoing government under Sheikh Jaber resigned on Monday as required by the constitution after the announcement of the results of the National Assembly, Kuwait's parliament, elections that were held on Saturday.

The country's emir has the sole power to appoint the prime minister regardless of the outcome of polls.

The new parliament will hold its first session on Dec. 11, the deadline before which the new cabinet should by formed.

In Saturday's elections, the Islamist-dominated opposition won nearly half of the seats in the 50-member parliament and vowed to oppose the government's austerity measures in the face of low oil revenues.

Since 1962, Kuwait has had seven prime ministers.

[ Editor: 刘家铭 ]


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