KUWAIT Dec 5 Kuwait's ruler reappointed Sheikh
Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah as prime minister on Wednesday and
asked him to form a government, the state news agency KUNA said,
after a parliamentary election boycotted by the opposition.
The Gulf Arab state's ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad
al-Sabah, issued the order by decree. Under constitutional
rules, Sheikh Jaber must form a cabinet before the first session
of the new parliament on Dec. 16. The old cabinet quit on
Sheikh Jaber, a 70-year-old former defence minister, became
prime minister in late 2011 after his predecessor was forced to
resign following pressure in parliament.
The Dec. 1 election was the second this year in the OPEC
state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed due to a
long-running power struggle between the parliament and the
cabinet, in which the emir's relatives hold the top posts.
While the new parliament is expected to be more cooperative
with the government than its predecessor because of the
opposition boycott, the election proved divisive.
Turnout was around 40 percent, the lowest ever in Kuwait and
the opposition movement, made up of youth activists and
opposition politicians, has promised more protests after staging
a march of tens of thousands on Nov. 30.
The Interior Ministry said late on Tuesday it would take
all necessary measures to prevent "unauthorised assembly" in
Kuwait after a series of snap demonstrations outside the