New premier expected to usher Kuwait to an era of prosperity: By Tareq Yusuf Al Shumaimry

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah issued an amiri decree on Thursday appointing economist, diplomat and politician Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah as the new Prime Minister of Kuwait. The amiri order also tasks the new premier with forming a new cabinet lineup and submitting it to His Highness the Amir for approval and appointment.

Born on 10 October 1955, Al-Sabah is the fourth son of Sheikh Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, the 12th Amir of Kuwait who ruled from 1965 to 1977, and Nouriya Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the sister of the present Amir. His elder brother is Salem Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, who served as both Minister of Defense and Interior.

Mohammed Sabah Al Sabah obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College in the United States and went on to earn both a master’s degree and a PhD in economics and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University. His undergraduate thesis titled ‘Critical Analysis of Inflation in Kuwait’, won him the Salvatori Scholar Prize in 1978,

He was appointed in 1993 as the ambassador of Kuwait to the United States, where he served until 14 February 2001, at which point he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He held the position of Minister of Finance from January 2003 until July 2003. On 11 February 2006, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, continuing also as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He resigned from office on 18 October 2011 in line with his stance on corruption in public life. Since then he has stayed out of politics and returned to pursue academic interests at Oxford University. He is married to Feryal Duaij Al Salman Al Sabah and the couple has four children.

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