Ministry of Interior (Kuwait)

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Ministry of Interior
Coat of arms of Kuwait.svg
Coat of arms of Kuwait
Ministerial Department overview
Formed 17 January 1962; 53 years ago (1962-01-17)
Preceding Ministerial Department Kuwaiti Public Security Force (1938-1953)
Jurisdiction Kuwait
Headquarters Kuwait City
Motto

الشرف والإخلاص لله والوطن والامير

Honor & Fidelity to God, Country & The Emir
Minister responsible Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah
Minister and Deputy Prime Minister
Child agencies

Office of the Minister of Interior
Office of the Interior Undersecretary

  • Military Offices of the Assistant Undersecretaries of the Kuwait National Police
  • Civilian Offices of the Assistant Undersecretaries of the Kuwait National Police
Website www.moi.gov.kw

The Ministry of Interior (Arabic:وزارة الداخلية الكويتية) is one of the governmental bodies of Kuwait. Its minister in charge is a member of the Cabinet of Kuwait. The current Minister of Interior is Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah.

History from 1928[edit]

The early organization which dealt with internal affairs was the Kuwaiti Public Security Force, formed in 1938 by Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.[1][2][not in citation given] Prior to 1938, internal security was dependent on the Defense Security Forces which were headed by Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah.[2][not in citation given] Following the Battle of Al-Regeai, command of the Defense and Security Forces was assigned to Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,[3] who was appointed by Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and was leader from 1928 to 1938.[2][not in citation given]

Defense and Interior Command Prior to 1961[edit]

Battle General Commanders of Defense and Security Forces (1928-1938)[edit]

# Name Rank Tenure Start Tenure End Note
1 Sheikh Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah General Commander 1921 1928 killed during the Battle of Al-Regeai.[2][not in citation given] Ali Al Salem Air Base is named after him.
2 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah General Commander 1928 1938 pioneer in the early stages of the Military of Kuwait[4][5][3][6]

Directors of the Kuwait Public Security Force (1938-1953)[edit]

The Kuwait Public Security Force, which was the predecessor to the ministry of interior and the national police prior to 1953, included the Kuwaiti Army .[citation needed]

# Name Rank Tenure Start Tenure End Note
1 Sheikh Ali Khalifa Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah General Commander 1938 1940
2 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Field Marshal 1942 1961 Founder of the Kuwaiti Army and Kuwaiti Air Force. Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base is named after him.

Deputy Directors of the Kuwait Public Security Force (1938-1953)[edit]

In 1953, the army split from the Kuwait public security force; giving rise to the newly established Kuwaiti ministry of interior following the country's independence.[citation needed]

# Name Rank Tenure Start Tenure End Note
1 Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Field Marshal 1938 1942
2 Mubarak Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Lieutenant General 1953 1961 1st Chief of the General Staff of the Kuwait Armed Forces and deputy head of the Kuwaiti Army within the Kuwait Public Security Force

List of Ministers of Interior and Deputy Prime Ministers (1962-present)[edit]

The ministers of interior of Kuwait since 1962:[7]

# Name Title Interior Tenure Start Interior Tenure End Note
1 Saad Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 17 January 1962 6 September 1963 14th Ruler and 4th Emir of Kuwait (2006)

Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences, which is in charge of training personnel of the Kuwait National Police, is named after him[8]

2 Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 6 September 1963 19 March 1978 15th Ruler and 5th Emir (2006- Present)
3 Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 19 March 1978 12 July 1986 Crown Prince of Kuwait (2006- Present)
4 Salem Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 26 January 1988 20 June 1990
5 Ahmad Al Homoud Al Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 20 April 1991 17 October 1992
6 Ali Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 13 April 1994 15 October 1996 Ali Al-Sabah Military College, which is in charge of training personnel of the Kuwait Armed Forces, is named after him[2][not in citation given]
7 Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 15 October 1996 13 July 2003
8 Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 13 July 2003 9 February 2006 Crown Prince of Kuwait (2006- Present)
9 Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 9 February 2006 28 October 2007 7th Prime Minister of Kuwait (2011- Present)
10 Jaber Al Khaled Al Sabah[9] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 28 October 2007 6 February 2011 4th Chief of the General Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces (1992-1993) following the Gulf War
11 Ahmad Al Homoud Al Sabah Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 6 February 2011 4 August 2013
12 Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah[10] Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior 4 August 2013
Acting

Organization and activities[edit]

The major responsibilities of the ministry are public security, and law and order.[11] The major internal security organization under the ministry is the national police.[11] The ministry is also responsible for managing the election process together with the ministry of justice.[12]

The ministry has 48 service centers and 62 police stations in Capital, Farwaniya, Jahra, Hawalli, Ahmadi, and Mubarak Al Kabir regions across Kuwait.[13][14] In 2008, a rehabilitation center was launched in the ministry in order to deal with those Kuwaiti citizens holding radical religious views.[15] The ministry established special teams consisting of members of non-governmental organizations to eliminate vote-buying before the 2012 general elections.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Kuwait Airport. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense, (Section Arabic Read, Kuwait Armed Forces / الجيش الكويتي)
  3. ^ a b His Highness the Emir sponsors Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah "U.N.E.S.C.O (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) Award Ceremony"
  4. ^ [1] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Early Defense Cavaly and Infantry lead by Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah; Retrieved 3 March 2015 (Arabic Read)
  5. ^ Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
  6. ^ [2] Kuwait National Guard Archives, Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and Sheikh Abdullah Jaber Al-Abdullah II Al-Sabah with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; Retrieved 4 March 2015
  7. ^ "Nine ministers headed Interior Ministry since Kuwaits independence". KUNA. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Official Website Sector of Saad Al-Abdullah Academy for Security Sciences, Kuwait Ministry of Interior, (in Arabic) retrieved 1 April 2015
  9. ^ "Kuwaiti interior minister resigns over custody death". BBC. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Kuwait Names New Oil and Finance Ministers, 7 Ruling Family Members". Naharnet. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Kuwait-Police and the Criminal Justice System". Mongabay. January 1993. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Assessment of the Electoral Framework" (REPORT). Democracy Reporting International. November 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Service Center Locations". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Police Stations". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "This day in Kuwait's history". KUNA. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Kuwait: Interior Minister forms teams to fight vote-buying". Kuwait Times via The Voting News. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2013.