Kuwait’s Emir issues decree to form new government

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah has issued a decree for the formation of a new government, according to Kuwait’s state news agency.

The current government had been acting in a caretaker capacity since resigning in January in a standoff with parliament.

In his decree on Tuesday, Kuwait’s Emir established two new portfolios to join the government: a Ministry of State for Promoting Integrity Affairs and a Ministry of State for Communications and Information Technology.

“The next stage requires concerted and unified efforts to focus on combating administrative and financial corruption, whether in the government apparatus or outside of it, and to support the regulatory agencies to carry out their work to the fullest and complete independence,” Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf said in a statement.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf issued a decree last month suspending parliament’s sessions for one month as of Feb. 18.

The emir, facing his first big political challenge since assuming power in September, had reappointed Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah to nominate a new cabinet.

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