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Kuwait sticks with PM, no women in new Cabinet

Kuwait's newly elected MPs visited the Parliament to get acquainted with norms and procedures toward their functions as lawmakers in Kuwait City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Opposition candidates won a majority in the 50-seat assembly in last week's elections. Kuwait's new Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah will appoint a new cabinet before parliament holds its first session on February 15th. Kuwait's newly elected MPs visited the Parliament to get acquainted with norms and procedures toward their functions as lawmakers in Kuwait City on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Opposition candidates won a majority in the 50-seat assembly in last week's elections. Kuwait's new Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah will appoint a new cabinet before parliament holds its first session on February 15th. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari)
February 14, 2012
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KUWAIT CITY—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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