Kuwait names ruler’s son as defence minister in shakeup
Nasser Sabah al-Sabah, in his 50s, will serve as defence minister and as deputy prime minister.
He takes over the ministry from Mohammad Khaled al-Sabah.
Bakheet al-Rasheedi, the CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International, a subsidiary of the national Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, was chosen as oil minister, replacing Essam al-Marzouq.
Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah announced his selections Sunday with Kuwait's ruler Sheikh Sabah expected to approve the nominations.
The cabinet was dissolved in October after lawmakers were set to consider a no-confidence against one of the ministers from the ruling family over budget issues.
Under Kuwait's political system, the prime minister has always been a senior member of the ruling family appointed by the emir regardless of the outcome of an election.