KUWAIT CITY, July 10 (UPI) -- A new Kuwaiti cabinet was announced Monday following last month's general elections which were contested by women for the first time without success.
The government, the second to be formed by Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah, grouped 15 ministers, including three new figures while the sole woman minister continued in the new government with a different portfolio, the Kuwaiti News Agency, KUNA, reported.
Sheikh Nasser formed his first cabinet last Feb. 9, when former Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah acceded to power, succeeding late Emir Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah.
The new cabinet comprised 12 ministers from the former government with nine of them keeping their previous portfolios, including First Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Salem al-Sabah.
Also Finance Minister Bader Mashari kept his portfolio, while Maasouma Saleh al-Mubarak, the only woman minister, became minister of transport while the previous portfolio of planning minister was cancelled.
The key ministries of defense, interior and foreign affairs were kept in the hands of the ruling al-Sabah family.