Position: Speaker, National Assembly
Biography: Ahmad al-Sadoun was elected speaker of the Kuwait’s National Assembly in February after winning his seat in parliament for the eleventh time at the age of 77. He takes over from Jassim al-Kharafi, who served as speaker for 12 years from 1999.
Al-Sadoun had previously served as speaker from 1985 to 1999. Before entering politics, Al-Sadoun was the president of the Kuwait Football Association from 1968 to 1976, and vice-president of the Zurich-based Fifa, football’s international governing body. Al-Sadoun is a leading member of the Popular Action bloc, which now has five members in parliament.
During his first stint as speaker, Al-Sadoun criticised the involvement of international oil companies (IOCs) in Kuwait’s oil and gas sector, stalling the country’s landmark upstream initiative known as Project Kuwait. The scheme aimed to bring in IOCs to help exploit Kuwait’s oil reserves.
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