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Kuwait swears in new oil minister, other Cabinet members following reshuffle
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 5:02 AM EST
Kuwait's new oil minister and six other government ministers have been sworn in following a Cabinet reshuffle ordered by the OPEC member country's ruling emir.
Among those sworn in were Ali Al-Omair, a pro-government Islamist who was named oil minister, and the only woman in the Cabinet, Hend Al-Sabeeh, who became minister of social affairs and planning.
The previous Cabinet resigned last month amid plans by legislators to submit a number of ministers to parliamentary grilling. Several former ministers were reappointed to their previous posts.
Kuwait allows the most politically vibrant culture in the Gulf. Opposition lawmakers have a powerful forum in parliament, often summoning officials for questioning.