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Kuwait emir endorses new cabinet

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August 4, 2013 09:47 AM EST | AP

KUWAIT CITY — 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.