Kuwait: Kuwait on Monday announced a new-look cabinet 40 days after the government resigned on October 30.
The new cabinet will take the constitutional oath before the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad on Tuesday and will hold its first meeting afterwards.
Observers said that the change to the outgoing cabinet was around 60 per cent.
Prime Minister Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak, who retained the post which he has held since 2011, presented the Cabinet to the Emir who approved it and issued a decree on its formation, Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported.
The cabinet includes a second woman minister, after Jinan Mohsin Ramadan was appointed Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Service Affairs.
The other woman, Hind Sabeeh Barrak Al Sabeeh, retained her post as Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Economic Affairs.
Nine new ministers made their debuts in the government, including Shaikh Nasser Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who was named First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, and Dr Bassel Hamoud Hamad Al Sabah, who was appointed Minister of Health.
Eight ministers left the government, including Shaikh Mohammad Al Khalid and Shaikh Mohammad Al Abdullah.
“I renew the pledge to be worthy of the confidence in assuming responsibility at this very delicate stage in the history of our beloved homeland, fully aware of the magnitude of the great challenges, the outstanding issues and the vital problems that necessitate hard and productive work and the willingness to confront difficulties and obstacles that may hinder progress, work, and achievement,” Shaikh Jaber said as he presented the new cabinet to the Emir.
The outgoing cabinet resigned following a bitter standoff with lawmakers who were calling for the minister of information to be subjected to a vote of confidence.