Kuwait Acting Oil Minister Anas al-Salih represented his country at the 4 December Opec meeting, just days after being handed the portfolio. He also remains finance minister for the time being.

His predecessor, ‘Ali al-‘Umair, was dismissed on 29 November: though no reason was given, Mr ‘Umair had been under growing pressure following an abortive attempt to implement a reshuffle at state firm KPC (MEES, 27 November). This was criticized by both KPC and a host of MPs. Mr ‘Umair retains his role as state minister for parliamentary affairs. (CONTINUED - 266 WORDS)