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Kuwait names new foreign minister

Kuwait named Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah as foreign minister on Sunday to replace Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah who resigned last week, the state news agency reported.

October 24, 2011 6:47 by



The Gulf Arab state is locked in a long-running battle between the government, dominated by the ruling al-Sabah family, and parliament, which regularly challenges authority — unusual in a region largely controlled by powerful families.

Sheikh Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family and former minister of information and social affairs, was sworn in by the emir on Sunday, the official news agency KUNA reported.

KUNA gave no reason for Sheikh Mohammad’s resignation last week.

Kuwait is the world’s fourth largest oil exporter. (Reporting by Eman Goma; Editing by Tim Pearce)



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