Kuwait names Al Olaim as oil minister

Mohammad Al Olaim.

Kuwait named former acting oil minister Mohammad Al Olaim as its oil minister yesterday as part of a new cabinet formed following parliamentary elections.

The old government resigned in March over a prolonged row with parliament, prompting Kuwait's ruler to dissolve it and call elections.

Olaim has been acting oil minister for the best part of a year. Kuwait has had no permanent oil minister since November when Badr Al Humaidhi quit after days, bowing to pressure from hostile deputies.