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Kuwait’s FM named new prime minister as govt is dismissed

Kuwait’s FM named new prime minister as govt is dismissed

Kuwait’s ruler on Tuesday named Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister, elevating him from his role as foreign minister. The move comes after a row between ruling family members and parliament in the Gulf state led the last government to quit.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah initially tapped caretaker premier Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah to form a new cabinet, but he rebuffed the offer on Monday, citing a media campaign against him, Reuters said.

The government resignation came after lawmakers sought a no-confidence vote against the interior minister and a dispute between senior officials, including the interior and defense ministers, over alleged mishandling of public funds went public.