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New Kuwait Cabinet Has Gulf’s First Female Finance Minister

Mariam Al-Aqeel
Mariam Al-AqeelPhotographer: Yasser Al-Zayaat/AFP via Getty Images
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Kuwait appointed Mariam Al-Aqeel as finance minister, the first female in the Gulf region to hold the post.

Khaled Al-Fadhel retained his posts as minister overseeing oil, electricity and water in Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah’s first cabinet, which includes three women and eight new faces, according to state-run KUNA news agency. As finance minister, Al-Aqeel automatically heads the country’s sovereign wealth fund, Kuwait Investment Authority.