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Kuwait Names Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf as New Prime Minister

Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah.

Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah.

Photographer: Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

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Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the eldest son of Kuwait’s ruler, has been appointed as the new prime minister, paving the way for parliament to be dissolved ahead of new elections in a country plagued by political wrangling.

The new premier was previously Kuwait’s interior minister and deputy head of the National Guard. He must now form a new government before the OPEC nation’s emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, issues a decree disbanding the legislature.