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Al-Kharafi elected Kuwait parliament speaker

KUWAIT, June 1 (KUNA) -- Jassem Al-Kharafi was re-elected National Assembly Speaker on Sunday, after gaining 52 votes against 11 to his opponent, Abdullah Al-Roumi.
Al-Kharafi will head the parlaiment's 12th legislative term, which was inaugurated earlier today by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
This is the fourth time that Al-Kharafi is elected speaker, having held the post in the parliaments of 1999, 2003 and 2006.
Al-Kharafi, born in 1940, was elected MP in the parliaments of 1975, 1981, 1985, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006.
He held the position of finance and economy minister in 1985 and 1986. (end) ms.mtt.jy.ema KUNA 011155 Jun 08NNNN