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Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al Salem named as new Kuwait’s Prime Minister

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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has issued a decree to appoint Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al Salem as a new Prime Minister. The appointment of a new PM comes three months after former Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Hamad Al-Sabah submitted his resignation, the fourth in the past two years and a half.

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Who is Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al Salem?

  • Sheikh Mohammed Sabah was born in 1955 and is the fourth son of the 12th Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, who ruled Kuwait from 1965 until 1977. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Claremont College in California, and a PhD in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
  • Sheikh Al-Salem held a number of positions; most notably, as a teaching assistant, and a member of a mission in the Economics Department at the College of Commerce, Economics and Political Science at Kuwait University, for 6 years, extending from 1979 until 1985.
  • In 2003, he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor.
  • At the beginning of 2006, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and after only 4 months, he was reappointed to the same positions. He also held the same positions in the 2007, 2008, and 2009 ministerial reshuffles, in addition to occupying the acting Ministry of Oil.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Kuwait Capital: Kuwait City;
  • Kuwait Currency: Kuwaiti dinar.

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