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Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah


Incumbent
Assumed office 
07 February 2006
Monarch Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Preceded by Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Born 1964
Religion Islam

Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah (born 1940) is the Prime Minister of Kuwait. He was appointed Prime Minister on February 7, 2006 by the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. In 1964, Sheikh Nasser graduated from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) with a BA degree in Political Science and Economics. Before becoming Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser served in the past as an ambassador to Iran and Afghanistan, the minister of information, minister of social affairs and labour, minister of state for foreign affairs and minister of the royal court. Married with two sons, he is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Persian.

The Amir re-appointed Sheikh Nasser as prime minister on March 6, 2007, after the previous government resigned on March 4 in a move observers believe was aimed at avoiding a no-confidence motion against Health Minister Sheikh Ahmed Al Abdullah Al Sabah. Ten MPs presented the motion in February over suspected financial and administrative breaches at the ministry. The vote was due to have taken place in parliament on March 5 and Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the ruling family, would have had to step down if legislators had voted against him. In December, Information Minister Muhammad Al Sanousi resigned a day before he was due to face questioning in parliament.

In November 16, 2008, Islamist MPs Waleed AlـTabtabaie, Mohammed AlـMutair, and Mohammed Hayef AlـMutairi filed a request to grill Prime Minister Nasser for allowing prominent Iranian Shiite cleric Mohammed al-Fali to enter Kuwait despite a legal ban.[1] On November 25, the cabinet resigned, and on December 17 the Emir reappointed Nasser as Prime Minister of the new cabinet.[2] And with the forming of the new cabinet, Nasser was no longer required to face the grilling which had been filed with the old cabinet.

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Public Dispute with Speaker Al-Kharafi

On November 3, 2007, Parliamentary Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi told the pan-Arab Arabiya television in an interview that he had "question marks" about the prime minister's decisions. A transcript of the interview was published in Alrai daily, which included Al-Kharafi's comment that too many reshuffles necessitate "a review and an evaluation of what measures should be taken." Al-Kharafi said the reshuffle should not have been put off for the whole summer and that it indicated a "policy of patching" up problems, rather than solving them.

In response, Prime Minister Nasser issued a statement about Al-Kharafi to the state-owned Kuwait News Agency, which was splashed on the front pages of daily newspapers. In the statement, PM Nasser said that Al-Kharafi was overstepping in bounds in trying to influence cabinet selections: "I have no doubt that .... the speaker realizes that his attempts to interfere in forming the Cabinet and affecting its decisions is overstretching his constitutional mandate."

The back-and-forth marked the first such public tensions between a speaker and a prime minister.[3]

Education

Professional career

  • 15 August 1964 - Third Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 2 October 1964 - Joined the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York.
  • 1 June 1965 - Transferred from the Kuwait Permanent Mission in New York to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 5 December 1965 - Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 16 December 1965 - First Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva.
  • April 1966 - Inaugurated the First Premises of the Kuwait Permanent Mission in Geneva [1].
  • June 1966 - First Consul General of Kuwait to the Swiss Confederation in Geneva.
  • 6 October 1968 - Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran.
  • 1971 - Non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • 1975 - 1979 - The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Iran and Afghanistan.
  • 22 May 1979 - Transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 1979 - 1985 - Under Secretary of the Ministry of Information.
  • 1985 - 1988 - Minister of Information, President of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters.
  • 1988 - 1990 - Minister of Social Affairs and Labour.
  • June 1990 - April 1991 - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
  • 1991 - 2006 - Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri Affairs (Royal Court).
  • since 7 February 2006 - Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait, forming the 22nd, 23nd, 24nd and 25nd Government.
  • In 8 February 2006, by the order of the Amir, Al-Sabah bestowed the title as: “His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah”

Recent developments

In March 2009, the Kuwaiti Government submitted its resignation to the Emir of Kuwait after islamists MP's requested a hearing of the P.M. Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah ushering yet another Parliamentary crisis in Kuwait.

In May 9, after the election of the new Parliament, The Emir asked Sheik Mohammed to form the Kuwaiti Government for the sixth conscutive time. The new Government maintained supremacy for the Al-Ahmed Branch of the Al-Sabah Family.

In December 2009, opposition members of parliament filed a motion of "non-cooperation" against the Sheikh Nasser over corruption charges. Allegations were that his office misappropriated millions of dollars in the run up to the 2008 elections, and a $700,000 cheque issued to an MP in 2008.[4]

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details

Name Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Position Prime Minister
Born 1940
Marital status Married with two sons

Educational Details

1955–1959 G. C. E. – General Certificate of Education – United kingdom ( 8 - Ordinary level 6 - advanced level )
1959–1960 Higher Diploma in French language studies
1964 B. A. Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of GenevaSwitzerland.
Languages Arabic – French –English – some Persian

Professional Experience

15 August 1964 Third Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2 October 1964 Joined the Permanent Mission of Kuwait to the United Nations in New York.
1 June 1965 Transferred from the Kuwait Permanent Mission in New York to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
5 December 1965 Minister Plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
16 December 1965 First Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva.
April 1966 Inaugurated the First Premises of the Kuwait Permanent Mission in Geneva [2].
June 1966 First Consul General of Kuwait to the Swiss Confederation in Geneva.
6 October 1968 Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to Iran.
1971 Non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan.
1975–1979 The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Iran.
1975–1979 The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Afghanistan.
22 May 1979 Transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1979–1985 Under Secretary of the Ministry of Information.
1985–1988 Minister of Information.

President of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters.

1988–1990 Minister of Social Affairs and Labour.
June 1990 - April 1991 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
1991–2006 Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri Affairs (Royal Court).
7 February 2006 Appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.

By an Amiri Decree by the order of His Highness the Amir entrusted with forming the 22nd Government of the State of Kuwait.

8 February 2006 By the order of His Highness the Amir, bestowed the title as:

“His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah” heads the 22nd Government of the State of Kuwait.

2 July 2006 Re-appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.

By an Amiri Decree by the order of His Highness the Amir entrusted with forming the 23rd Government of the State of Kuwait.

6 March 2007 Re-appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait.

By an Amiri Decree by the order of His Highness the Amir entrusted with forming the 24th Government of the State of Kuwait.

20 May 2008 Re-appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait

By an Amiri Decree by the order of His Highness the Amir entrusted with forming the 25th Government of the State of Kuwait.

17 December 2008 Re-appointed as the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait

By an Amiri Decree by the order of His Highness the Amir entrusted with forming the 26th Government of the State of Kuwait.

Other Facts

He was the youngest “Dean of the Diplomatic Corps” in the world, during his tenure in Iran as Ambassador.
August 1990 Undertook the task of supervising the Kuwaiti media in the first months of the occupation and operated the first Kuwaiti broadcasting station in exile.

His was the first Kuwaiti voice to be heard over the radio from Al-Khafji city in Saudi Arabia during the Iraqi aggression, saying " This is Kuwait".

He authorized the daily publishing of "The Voice of Kuwait" newspaper which represented the Kuwaiti People.

September/October 1990 Representative of the late Amir,His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, at a number of international events, and an emissary of His Highness to a number of world leaders.
November 1990 Representative of the late Amir,His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in the celebration of the Enthronement of the Emperor of Japan.
21 June 1999 Representative of the late Amir,His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, in the celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Anglo-Kuwaiti Treaty, held in the United Kingdom.
11 October 2000 On behalf of the late Amir,His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Inaugurated the Pavilion of the State of Kuwait, In the Britannia Royal Naval College – Dartmouth, In Devon, South West England.

Conferences

1979–1988 Headed the Kuwait Delegations to many conferences of the Arab Ministers of Information.
1988–1990 Headed the Kuwait Delegations to many conferences of the Arab Ministers of Social Affairs and Labour.

Headed the Kuwait Delegations to many conferences of International Organizations for Labour in Geneva.

Committees

Chairman of the Petroleum Information Committee (at th e Ministry of Information).
January 2002 Head of the Celebration Committee on the return of the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, from his treatment trip abroad.

Organizations and Associations

Honorary President of the Historical Vehicles Committee.
Honorary President of the Cars and Motorcycles Club.
Honorary President of the Historical Car Museum.
A member in various Kuwaiti International friendship associations.

Decorations

November 1968 The Persian Imperial Decoration of the First Degree from the Shah of Iran.
1984 Decoration of the First Rank of Knight from the Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac.
15 August 1993 The First Degree National Decoration of the Republic of Argentina, from His Excellency the Argentinean President Carlos Menem.
7 October 1994 The Highest Decoration of Knight of the Republic of Senegal from His Excellency the Senegalese President Abdou Diouf.
3 November 1996 Appreciation Certificate of the Rank of Excellence from the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
16 September 1997 The Most Distinguished Decoration of the Rank of Lion of Finland by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Finland Marti Ahtisaari.
15 November 2005 ‘The Giglio’ Symbol, being the highest decoration of the city of Florence, presented by the Mayor of Florence - Italy, on the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary celebrations of the foundation of the Italia-Kuwait National Association.
12 September 2006 Distinguished Decoration of France's 'Legion of Honour' with Grand Officer Class, conferred by H.E. Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic of France, presented by H.E Dominique De Villepin, Prime Minister of the Republic of France, at the Matignon Palace - the Official Seat of the Prime Minister of France.
28 January 2007 The First Degree National Decoration "Qaladat Al-Istihaqaq" bestowed by H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.
29 January 2007 The First Degree National Decoration "Al-Ittihad" bestowed by H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.
9 April 2007 Received decoration of "Grande Croix de l'Ordre National du Mérite" of the Republic of Senegal from His Excellence the Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.
30 May 2007 The Highest Indonesian Order of Merit received from His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia.
13 December 2007 Received a copy of the key of the city of Tirana on the occasion of his state visit to the Republic of Albania.
27 May 2008 Sash of Civil Merits from His Majesty King Juan Carlos I King of Spain.

See also

References

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Prime Minister of Kuwait
2006–present
Incumbent
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