Kuwait

Kuwait government resigns en masse in challenge for new emir

12 Jan 2021; MEMO: Kuwaiti ministers handed in their resignations to the prime minister on Tuesday, the government communications office (CGC) said, days after lawmakers submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the makeup of the cabinet, reports Reuters.

Kuwait schools to resume after vaccinating 65% of population

02 Jan 2021; MEMO: Students will return to schools in Kuwait after 65 per cent of the Kuwaiti population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, Al-Qabas newspaper revealed.

The Kuwaiti daily reported that it would not be obligatory for teachers to be vaccinated. However, they were included within the recommended categories to be vaccinated.

Kuwaiti Emir voices optimism for upcoming Gulf summit

KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed on Friday his optimism for the upcoming Gulf summit, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The Emir made the remarks during his meeting with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah who made a Gulf tour recently, KUNA said.

Kuwaiti emir calls for reform to face challenges

KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday called for comprehensive reform to face challenges.

He made the remarks during the inauguration of the 16th Legislative Term of the National Assembly (parliament), calling upon the parliament members to meet aspirations of Kuwaiti people for the sake of achieving development.

The world and region are witnessing crucial circumstances, the emir said, urging the MPs to exercise the genuine democracy, work as one team in order to have a prosperous and secured nation.

Kuwait allows return of expat healthcare workers

11 Dec 2020; MEMO:  The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a decision allowing all workers of the Ministry of Health and their first-degree relatives, holding valid residency permits and entry visas, to return to the country on direct or transit flights, Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper reported.

Kuwait's emir accepts gov't resignation

KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah accepted on Sunday the resignation of the government submitted by the prime minister, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said.

The emir ordered the cabinet to serve as caretaker until a new government would be formed, KUNA said.

Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah has submitted on Sunday the resignation of his government to emir in a routine procedure after parliamentary elections.

Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus challenges

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait voted Saturday for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir and as the oil-rich nation faces serious economic problems under the coronavirus pandemic.

This tiny country’s hundreds of thousands of voters selected lawmakers for 50 seats in the parliament, the freest and most-rambunctious assembly in the Gulf Arab countries. However, Kuwait’s parliament has tamped down on opposition to its ruling Al Sabah family since the 2011 Arab Spring protests that saw demonstrators storm the chamber.

Firefighters Rescued 83 People As Heavy Rains Swept Kuwait

KUWAIT, Nov 30 (NNN-KUNA) – Firefighters rescued a total of 83 peopl, during heavy rains that hit Kuwait over the past two days, Kuwait Fire Force (KFF), said.

The people rescued were trapped in their vehicles, in areas where rainwater has accumulated, most of which were in Al-Jahra governorate, the Public Relations and Information Department at KFF said.

Authorities received more than 170 emergency calls, mostly in desert areas, KFF explained, adding that, no injuries were reported, as firefighters handled all emergency cases it received.

Kuwait anti-corruption body to investigate resignations in Finance Ministry

30 Oct 2020; MEMO: Kuwait’s Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) will investigate the recent collective resignations of a number of employees at the Ministry of Finance in protest of violations committed by Finance Minister, Barak Ali Al-Sheetan, local media reported.

Informed sources said the ministry’s undersecretary, Saleh Al-Sara’awi, and five assistants submitted their resignations yesterday hours after submitting an official complaint against a ministerial decision to rotate a number of senior employees.

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