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Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf named Kuwait’s new prime minister

KUWAIT: An Amiri order was issued Sunday naming Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah as Kuwait’s new prime minister. The order assigns Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf to form Kuwait’s new Cabinet. Sheikh Ahmad most recently served as First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister in Kuwait’s most recent Cabinet. “The Diwan of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has stated that an Amiri ordered was issued Sunday naming the Retired General Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah a new Prime Minister for Kuwait,” reads a statement published by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). “Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad was also asked to immediately implement the order and form the new Cabinet.”

The order to appoint Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad was issued by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah based on the His Highness the Amir decree on November 25, 2021 mandating His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad to perform some of the Amir constitutional powers, according to the statement. “His Highness the Crown Prince asked the Prime Minister to inform the National Assembly about the order and issuing it in the official Gazette,” the statement adds. National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem congratulated Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for “earning His Highness the Amir’s trust” and being named Kuwait’s new prime minister. In a statement posted on his social media accounts, Ghanem prayed that Allah Almighty would help Sheikh Ahmad “bear this huge national responsibility”.

Born in 1956, Sheikh Ahmad is the son of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. A Bachelor degree of Commerce Kuwait University graduate, he was later drafted in military service, arriving at the rank of general before retirement from the army. He had assumed the role of first deputy prime minister and interior minister since March 2022. This was preceded by several stints, also at the Ministry of Interior alongside the National Guard. At the Ministry of Interior, he has served as Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality and Passports Affairs followed by the role of Assistant Undersecretary for Education and Training Affairs. His retirement from the ministry thereafter was followed by his appointment as Governor of the Hawalli Governorate. In November 2020, an Amiri order was given, appointing Sheikh Ahmad to the role of Deputy Chief of the National Guard at the minister rank.

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