March 23, 1998 |
Kuwait formed a new government and included Sheik Saud al Sabah as oil minister, even though controversy surrounding his work as information minister had brought down the previous Cabinet. Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah returned as first deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Islamists in the parliament forced the previous Cabinet to resign this month in a dispute over the Information Ministry allowing the display of banned books.
March 16, 1998 |
The Cabinet resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote Tuesday against Information Minister Saud al Sabah, a member of the ruling Sabah family. Saud is at the center of a crisis between the government and Islamist lawmakers who were offended by the displaying of banned books, which they see as un-Islamic. Political sources expect the prime minister, Sheik Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, to conduct a Cabinet reshuffle that could bring back Saud in another ministry.
June 27, 1995 |
Legislators snarl with sarcasm. Accusations abound of grandstanding to the voters. High-profile investigative committees uncover mismanagement in the executive branch and embarrass Cabinet members. Meanwhile, academics and an inquisitive press corps tut about gridlock and how the country's real problems remain unchallenged. Remind anyone of Washington or Sacramento?
April 10, 1993 |
The first order of business in this nation's new bastion of democracy was an angry protest from the emirate's powerful defense minister, a cousin of the ruling emir. Accusations from a member of the National Assembly that a high-ranking official of his ministry took $100 million in bribes on defense contracts were, to say the least, inappropriate, Sheik Ali al Salim al Sabah, the royally appointed defense minister, insisted early this week.
October 21, 1992 |
The first postwar Parliament convened Tuesday and elected as its Speaker the man who held the post when the last Parliament was dissolved in 1986 for being too critical of the government. Ahmed Saadoun, 58, won 46 votes against 13 for his only opponent, Abdul Aziz Adassani, an independent. Crown Prince Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, who also is prime minister, abstained.
September 8, 1992 |
This city's zoo said Monday that it has averted closure at the end of the month after benefactors, including Kuwait's ruler, came to the rescue. The world's oldest zoo, set in London's Regent's Park, announced June 16 that because of big losses, it would have to close Sept. 30. But a spokesman said that publicity about the zoo's plight had attracted a flood of donations and a sharp rise in the number of visitors, and that will allow it to stay open for now.