Kuwait’s finance minister wins no-confidence vote

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Finance Minster Barrak Al-Shaitan
Finance Minster Barrak Al-Shaitan

KUWAIT CITY — Kuwait’s parliament rejected on Wednesday a no-confidence motion against the country’s Finance Minster Barrak Al-Shaitan with 32 members supporting him, Kuwait News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Al-Shaitan was opposed by 12 members while three lawmakers abstained.

According to the Kuwaiti parliament's procedures, the majority of the house, excluding the ministers, can sack the minister.

Al-Shaitan said the confidence of the house was an "important push" for him to develop the financial system of the nation, address shortcomings, stop overspending in the budget, and develop businesses and resources.

Addressing the parliament, Al-Shaitan said the government would employ citizens to run the state's institutions with the objective of developing the financial system.

He reiterated that citizens' salaries and rights "will not be touched as long as he is the country’s finance minister.


On Tuesday, the finance minister proposed a draft law to address the state budget deficit.


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