Kuwaiti Prime Minister presents resignation of his cabinet to Emir: state media Middle East News


The announcement comes a day after the Deputy Prime Minister tendered the cabinet’s resignation amid political turmoil.

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah on Wednesday presented the resignation of his cabinet to Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the official KUNA news agency reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al Ali Al Sabah presented Tuesday the resignation of all members of the cabinet, “in light of current developments concerning relations between the National Assembly and the government”.

According to Kuwait’s constitution, resignations must be handed over to the Prime Minister who must then submit them to the Emir for approval.

The development comes as 38 parliamentarians backed a request to question the prime minister, whom they accuse of violating the constitution during the formation of the government and of not presenting a cabinet work program.

The oil-rich country has been rocked by political strife between lawmakers and the ruling family-led government for more than a decade, with parliament and cabinets repeatedly dissolved.

A previous cabinet resigned in November 2019 amid accusations of corruption and infighting, while the last cabinet was replaced in the December 2020 elections.

Kuwait is the only Gulf state to have a fully elected parliament, which enjoys broad legislative powers and can vote for the resignation of ministers.

The country has the oldest elected parliament in the Gulf, but under the constitution the emir has extensive powers and can dissolve the legislature on the recommendation of the government.

Like most of the Gulf countries, the economy and budgets of the State of Kuwait have been hit by both the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the low price of oil.

In the December elections, the opposition or allied candidates won almost half of the 50 seats in parliament.

The polls were the first since the new emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, took office in September following the death of his half-brother, Sheikh Sabah, at the age of 91.

Kuwaitis have expressed in recent years their desire for reform in their country, where 70 percent of the 4.8 million inhabitants are foreigners.



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