Pro­files of the new Cab­i­net’s mem­bers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah has formed the 34th govern­ment of the State of Kuwait since 1962 and the sixth since he has oc­cu­pied the premier­ship post in De­cem­ber 2011. The fol­low­ing are pro­files of the newly-formed cab­i­net in­clud­ing the premier.

• Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, born in 1942, has oc­cu­pied a num­ber of po­si­tions since 1968, serv­ing as su­per­vi­sor of ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial af­fairs at the Amiri Di­wan, di­rec­tor of a State depart­ment and as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive af­fairs.

On March 19, 1979, he was ap­pointed Hawally Gov­er­nor. Later, he was named Al-Ah­madi Gov­er­nor, be­fore serv­ing as min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor and min­is­ter of in­for­ma­tion as well as ad­vi­sor at His High­ness the Amir Bureau.

On Fe­bru­ary 9, 2006, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak was named first deputy premier, min­is­ter of in­te­rior and de­fense. He re­tained the same posts in two cabinets, formed on July 11, 2006, and March 25, 2007.

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak, in a cab­i­net reshuf­fle on Oc­to­ber 28, 2007, be­came the first deputy premier and min­is­ter of de­fense. He served in the same po­si­tions in the sub­se­quent gov­ern­ments formed in May 2008, Jan­uary 2009, May 2009 and May 2011. In Novem­ber 2011, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak was se­lected to serve as premier. He was reap­pointed to the premier­ship post in Fe­bru­ary 2012, July 2012, De­cem­ber 2012, July 2013 and Jan­uary 2014.

• Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, the First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Foreign Min­is­ter, born in 1953. He joined the foreign min­istry in 1978 as a diplo­matic at­tache, serv­ing in the Arab af­fairs depart­ment (1978-1983) and with the per­ma­nent Kuwaiti mis­sion at the UN (1983-1989). He worked as the deputy di­rec­tor of the Arab home­land depart­ment at the foreign min­istry (1989-1992), in ad­di­tion to sev­eral other se­nior posts till as­sum­ing the foreign min­is­ter’s post in 2011. He re­tained the po­si­tion in the years later.

• Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah, the deputy premier and in­te­rior min­is­ter, was named chief of staff on March 4, 2012, deputy premier and min­is­ter of de­fense in July 2013 and re­mained in the same ser­vice as of Jan­uary 2014.

• Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, the deputy premier and min­is­ter of de­fense, was named Hawally Gov­er­nor in 1991, min­is­ter of in­te­rior in 1996, as well as in the cabinets of 1998, 1999 and 2001. He was re-named for the same ser­vice in 2012 and 2014.

• Anas Al-Saleh, the deputy premier and fi­nance min­is­ter, born in 1972, had served in key po­si­tions in sev­eral pri­vate busi­ness com­pa­nies be­fore he was named in 2012 as min­is­ter of com­merce and in­dus­try. He re­tained the post in the cabinets of De­cem­ber 2012 and July 2013. He was cho­sen to serve as the deputy premier and fi­nance min­is­ter in Jan­uary 2014 and act­ing oil min­is­ter in Novem­ber 2015.

• Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, the min­is­ter of state for cab­i­net af­fairs, born in 1971, started his ca­reer as a po­lit­i­cal re­searcher at the cab­i­net gen­eral sec­re­tar­iat. Later, he oc­cu­pied a num­ber of rank­ing po­si­tions un­til he was picked as the min­is­ter of in­for­ma­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2012. In the cab­i­net of De­cem­ber 2012, he served as the min­is­ter of state for cab­i­net af­fairs. He kept the same jobs in 2013 and 2014.

• Dr Hind Subaih Al-Subaih, the min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor, be­gan climb­ing the ech­e­lon in 2007 as the as­sis­tance un­der­sec­re­tary at the civil ser­vice com­mis­sion. She was cho­sen as the min­is­ter of so­cial af­fairs and la­bor in Jan­uary 2014.

• Yasser Abul, the min­is­ter of state for hous­ing af­fairs, born in 1973. He was named to the key post in Jan­uary 2014.

• Ja­mal Al-Harbi, the min­is­ter of health, born in 1961, was named as the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for med­i­cal ser­vices in June 2013.

• Abdul-Rah­man Al-Mutawa, the min­is­ter of pub­lic works, had served as the deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral for construction at the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Ap­plied Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

• Es­sam Al-Mar­zouq, the min­is­ter of oil, elec­tric­ity and water. He had served as chair­man of the Kuwaiti bourse, board mem­ber at Kuwait Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion and chief of op­er­a­tions at Kuwait Pe­tro­leum In­ter­na­tional.

• Faleh Al-Azb, the min­is­ter of jus­tice, had served in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions depart­ment at the in­te­rior min­istry and as an ad­vi­sor at the min­istry of foreign af­fairs.

• Mo­ham­mad Al-Fares, born in 1966, served in key posts at Kuwait Univer­sity in 2002 and 2007 be­fore oc­cu­py­ing the univer­sity gen­eral sec­re­tar­iat post in 2016.

• Mo­ham­mad Al-Jabri, the min­is­ter of awqaf and Is­lamic af­fairs, born in 1974, served at Kuwait Air­ways, be­came par­lia­ment mem­ber in De­cem­ber 2012 and 2013. He is also a mem­ber of the cur­rent par­lia­ment (the Na­tional Assem­bly).

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah casts his vote dur­ing the speaker’s elec­tion yes­ter­day.

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