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Kuwaiti Emir Approves Formation of New Government, Kuna Says

December 13, 2011

(Updates with size of Cabinet in second paragraph.)

Dec. 13 (Bloomberg) --Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah approved a new government formed by Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, the state-run KUNA news agency reported.

The ministers of oil, finance, foreign affairs, commerce, interior and defense in the new 11-member Cabinet remain the same, KUNA reported, citing an Emiri decree.

Sheikh Sabah dissolved parliament on Dec. 6 and said elections should be held, after a dispute over corruption allegations sparked anti-government protests unprecedented in the Persian Gulf state. New elections, according the constitution, must be held within 60 days of the dissolution of parliament.

Parliament was dissolved after the Cabinet, headed by Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, resigned following months of protests.

--Editors: Louis Meixler, Steven Komarow

To contact the reporter on this story: Fiona MacDonald in Kuwait at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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