Dispute within government circles forces Minister of Finance to resign

The Finance Minister Manaf Al-Hajri has submitted his letter of resignation to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, allegedly following disagreements within the government circles over ‘floundering’ decisions that have been taken that affected the country’s economic and financial sides.

Reliable sources, according to Al-Qabas daily, have justified the resignation of the Minister of Finance less than a month after the formation of the government, particularly due to differences over the transfer of the affiliation of the Kuwait Investment Authority to the Minister of Economic and Investment Affairs, stressing at the same time that “the separation between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economic and Investment Affairs caused a state of confusion and lack of clarity among a number of affiliated authorities, which prompted it to address the concerned authorities to clarify its affiliation with any ministry.

The resignation of Al-Hajri, who is known for his competence, high professionalism, and his ability to deal with thorny financial files and his expertise in economic affairs, shocked the economic and financial circles in the country, after he was blessed to assume the Ministry of Finance portfolio which carried the task of implementing radical economic and financial reforms to form a bridge towards sustainable budget that enhances the strength of the state’s public finances and preserves prosperity for future generations.

The Council of Ministers had decided to maintain the affiliation of the Kuwait Investment Authority with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Oil and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Sa’ad Al-Barrak, and not to return it to the Minister of Finance.

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