Kuwait premier reshuffles his five-month old cabinet

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Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah reshuffled on Monday his five-month old cabinet by replacing seven members, including the oil minister, the Kuwaiti News Agency KUNA reported.

The former minister of commerce Anas al Saleh was given the finance ministry portfolio, while new ministers were appointed in other key portfolios such as commerce, health, education, justice, social affairs as well as planning and development, dpa reported.

Since early 2006, Kuwait has been in political chaos with cabinets quitting and parliament dissolved six times.

The emir of the oil-rich Gulf state, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, urged the new cabinet "to further address the enormous challenges, and to achieve more cooperation with the National Assembly in order to honour aspirations of the citizens," KUNA reported.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was to remain in place, as were the ministers of telecommunications, municipal affairs and cabinet affairs.

On December 23, all ministers submitted their resignations after several cabinet members, including the premier himself, came under fire from lawmakers.

Members of parliament also made inquiry requests targeting the ministers of social affairs, education as well as a no-confidence motion against the planning minister.

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