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Kuwait reappoints Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid as PM

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Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, (L), attends the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2021.
Yves Herman/Pool via APKuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, (L), attends the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2021.

Government and opposition lawmakers in Gulf state engaged in domestic political standoff

Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid has been reappointed prime minister, state media said on Tuesday, and tasked with forming a cabinet that would be the Gulf OPEC oil producer's third this year in a domestic political standoff.

State news agency KUNA said Sheikh Sabah, prime minister since late 2019, was reappointed by an emiri order issued by Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah. The government had resigned on November 8 in the standoff with the elected parliament.

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Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah last week temporarily handed over some of his main constitutional duties to the crown prince, his designated successor, including naming the prime minister and swearing in the cabinet.

Before doing so, the emir accepted the government's resignation as part of measures to end a months-long deadlock between the government and opposition lawmakers. He also issued an amnesty pardoning political dissidents to defuse the row.

The Gulf state is also reportedly preparing to grant long-term residency visas to expats based on their ability to support the national economy.

The visas will range from 5 to 15 years.

The United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries have made similar reforms to their visa system, with the UAE recently announcing a new visa for retired expats.