Kuwait swears in new oil minister, other Cabinet members following reshuffle

Kuwait's new oil minister and six other government ministers have been sworn in following a Cabinet reshuffle ordered by the OPEC member country's ruling emir.

The official Kuwait News Agency says the officials took the oath of office on Tuesday during a parliament session.

Among those sworn in were Ali Al-Omair, a pro-government Islamist who was named oil minister, and the only woman in the Cabinet, Hend Al-Sabeeh, who became minister of social affairs and planning.

The previous Cabinet resigned last month amid plans by legislators to submit a number of ministers to parliamentary grilling. Several former ministers were reappointed to their previous posts.

Kuwait allows the most politically vibrant culture in the Gulf. Opposition lawmakers have a powerful forum in parliament, often summoning officials for questioning.