Kuwait has conducted an amendment to the cabinet four days ago, including four new cabinet ministers, including Khalid al-Fadhil, who was appointed as minister of oil, electricity and water. He replacing the outgoing minister Bakheet al-Rashidi. Al-Fadil previously served as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University.
Kuwaiti Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Khalid Al-Fadhil reiterated his country’s support for all efforts and trends aimed at restoring balance and stability to the oil markets, in a way that would benefit the producing and consuming countries as well.
In his remarks to the newspapers, the Minister stressed that there is no change in Kuwait’s oil policy set by the Supreme Petroleum Council of the country, and that Kuwait will fulfill its commitment to the new agreement reached between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and major producers from outside, led by Russia in Vienna, capital of Austria, in December 2018. Under the agreement, the total production of the Organization will be reduced by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) for a period of 6 months starting from the beginning of 2019.
It is noteworthy that Kuwait enjoys a relative degree of democracy compared to other Gulf Arab countries. Parliamentarians also have the authority to question the prime minister and any minister, and they can also vote to cast confidence in any cabinet minister. The Kuwaiti parliament can pass legislation and exercise full control over ministers, but the Amir has the final say on political matters.