Kuwait sticks with PM, no women in new Cabinet

AP , Tuesday 14 Feb 2012

Kuwait's ruler names new government but leaves women out of Cabinet for first time since 2005

Kuwait's ruler has named the Gulf nation's new government, appointing the prime minister who served in a caretaker role before parliamentary elections earlier this month.

The new Cabinet announced Tuesday also has no women. It's the first time since 2005 that women are absent from Kuwait's top political affairs.

No women were elected to the new parliament, which had four female lawmakers in the last assembly.

Besides Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the 16-seat Cabinet has four other members of the ruling family. Jaber was appointed in late November amid allegations of fiscal corruption against his predecessor.

The new 50-member parliament is dominated by opposition lawmakers including hard-line Islamists.

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