Kuwait emir reappoints nephew as pm,» by Alaa Al-Marwani, Al-Hayat, August 15, 2017 (thanks to Anwar):
The son of Al-Qaboun al-Mutahideen leader Ali al-Qaboun, who led a coup against Saddam Hussein, is now the second emir of Kuwait. King Abdullah took over from his uncle at age 75 on Sunday, becoming Saudi Arabia’s newest monarch, replacing his uncle’s father, King Khalid.
King Abdullah has appointed Hamad bin Jassim al-Maktoum, a senior official and minister of defence, as the second emir. The move gives the emir of Kuwait the second-ranking position in the organization of an Arab state after Qatar and Yemen.
Qatar has been criticized in the region for its interference in the political process in Kuwait and has threateapronxned to join up with some of the Gulf Cooperation Council states’ regional powers such as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia if they continue to isolate the emir. Saudi Arabia is also leading the coalition against Yemen, which is also dominated by tribes and jihadist groups which have backed Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
King Abdullah’s decision to re-es우리카지노tablish the emirates led to a massive outpouring of congratulations, including from Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and emirates in neighboring countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Israel. The emirates are also likely to have better business deals, according to The Times of London.
King Abdullah has replaced Al-Mutahideen’s deputy, Mohammed Hussein al-Hosni, who was also appointed as the second emir of Kuwait last week. He is also expected to be a candidate for prime minister in Qatar this year. A similar move could be made for another emir of the kingdom. Kuwait has a majority of Muslim tribes and Islamist groups in Saapronxudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Jordan are all signatories to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is led by the United States and Turkey. Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan support GCC member Qatar while Qatar backs Iraq, Syria and Iran. Qatar backs al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which is part of the U.S.-led war against ISIS.
Kuwait’s new emir will become Saudi Arabia’s fourth emir, following Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates