Kuwaiti Emir Swears in New Cabinet
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah swore in Kuwait’s new cabinet on Monday amid threats by the opposition majority bloc to boycott future assembly sessions. The new government is Kuwait’s tenth in six years and the third since Sheikh Jaber al-Sabah was appointed prime minister in December of last year. In its first session, the cabinet approved three Emiri decrees to implement the constitutional court ruling on June 20 which nullified the legislative polls in February, scrapped the 2012 assembly, and reinstated the 2009 assembly. The speaker of the National Assembly, Jassem Mohammed al-Kharafi, invited the 2009 assembly to reconvene on July 31st and also warned that Kuwait cannot bear further constitutional instability.