Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Kuwait. Kuwait News Agency has reported that he’s been tasked with forming the new Cabinet.
Sheikh Sabah’s appointment comes after an Emiri decree that was issued yesterday. Earlier this month, Kuwait’s government submitted its resignation to the ruling Emir, a move that could help along with an amnesty pardoning political dissidents end a standoff with opposition lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reform.
Born in Kuwait in 1953, He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kuwait University in 1977. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1978 as a diplomatic attaché, serving in the Arab affairs department from 1978 to 1983, and with the permanent Kuwaiti mission at the UN from 1983 to 1989.
Sheikh Sabah also served as Kuwait’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as the Envoy at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from 1995 to 1998, during which he participated in the GCC Ministerial Council’s meetings.
He has also been awarded with the Order of King Abdulaziz of First Class in 1998 by Saudi Arabia.
In 1998, he was appointed by a decree as the Chief of National Security Bureau with a ministerial status. Sheikh Sabah was the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour from July 2006 to March 2007, and Minister of Information from May 2008 to January 2009.