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Kuwait emir renames premier to form cabinet

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah today renamed the outgoing prime minister to form a new cabinet following polls in which the opposition made a strong showing.

Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling Al-Sabah family, resigned on Monday as required by the constitution after Saturday's snap polls.

He should form the cabinet before December 11, when the new is due to hold its inaugural session.

The Islamist-dominated opposition won nearly half the seats in the 50-member and vowed to oppose the government's austerity measures in the face of low revenues.

The reappointment of Sheikh Jaber, 73, came despite calls by a number of opposition lawmakers to select a new to reflect the

Under Kuwait's constitution, the emir has the sole power to appoint the regardless of the outcome of polls as it does not apply a full Western-style multi-party system.

The official KUNA agency said the emir issued a decree reappointing Sheikh Jaber after consultations with former premiers and ex-speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem.

Analysts expect the new to have strained relations with the

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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 17:57 IST