Kuwait emir asks foreign minister to form new gov’t

KUWAIT CITY

Kuwait’s emir on Tuesday named Foreign Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah to form a new government, the official KUNA news agency reported.

The move came one day after caretaker Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak declined to be reappointed as a premier.

On Monday, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah asked al-Mubarak to form a new government, but he rejected the offer due to “allegations and claims” against him.

Last year, the Kuwaiti government resigned week after a non-confidence vote against the interior minister for alleged corruption.

Kuwait has a history of governments’ resignations over feuds with the parliament.

*Bassel Barakat contributed to this report from Ankara
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