Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah attends an event in Kuwait City in December
The Kuwaiti emir on Monday asked outgoing Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah (pictured) to form a new government following a general election won by the Islamist-led opposition. © YASSER AL-ZAYYAT - AFP/File
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah  attends an event in Kuwait City in December
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Last updated: February 6, 2012

Kuwait emir asks outgoing premier to form cabinet

The Kuwaiti emir on Monday asked outgoing Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah to form a new government following a general election won by the Islamist-led opposition.

Sheikh Jaber, a senior member of the ruling Al-Sabah family, submitted the resignation of his two-month-old cabinet on Sunday, as required by the constitution after a general election.

The premier should form the cabinet before February 15 when the new parliament is scheduled to hold its opening session.

Sheikh Jaber, 69, was appointed premier in late November after prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a nephew of the emir, quit following a dispute with the opposition and allegations of corruption.

The opposition won 34 seats in the 50-member parliament with Sunni Islamists, including Salafists, becoming the most formidable bloc in the house with 23 members.

Women failed to win a single seat after making history in the 2009 election by winning four seats for the first time. Liberals and pro-government candidates were also big losers in Thursday's poll.

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