Kuwait emir endorses new cabinet

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s ruler has endorsed a new cabinet that includes two women and seven members of the ruling al-Sabah family.

The official Kuwait News Agency announced Sunday that Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah had given his blessing to the new cabinet that was announced more than a week after parliamentary elections saw the conservative Sunni trip make gains. The results, however, still left the 50-seat parliament in the hands of lawmakers friendly to Kuwait’s pro-Western ruling family.

The election — a rarity during the holy month of Ramadan — was called after a constitutional court threw out the results of a December election.

The news agency reported that Sheik Sabah called for the cabinet to work with the parliament and for the people as ministers took the oath of office.