Kuwait Accepts Resignation of Finance Minister, KUNA Reports

Kuwait has accepted the resignation of Finance Minister Mustafa al-Shimali, the Kuwait News Agency reported, citing a Cabinet statement.

Education Minister Nayef al-Hajraf has been named the acting finance minister, the news service said after a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

Al-Shimali submitted his resignation on May 24 after facing 11 hours of questioning by opposition lawmakers who alleged financial irregularities at institutions under his authority. Al-Shimali, 69, was first appointed finance minister in October 2007 after serving in the Finance Ministry for decades.

Kuwait’s 50-member elected National Assembly has used its right to question ministers and block policies as it tries to gain a wider role in the legislative process.

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