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Kuwait government resigns en masse

Christian Fernsby |
Kuwaiti ministers handed in their resignations to the prime minister on Tuesday, the government communications office (CGC) said.

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This comes days after lawmakers submitted a motion asking to question the premier over issues including the makeup of the cabinet, reports Reuters.

Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah must submit the resignations to the OPEC member state's ruler, Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah, for approval. Three main Kuwaiti newspapers earlier said Sheikh Sabah was expected to do so.

The resignation of the cabinet, formed on December 14, had been expected after the move in parliament earlier this month that posed the first political challenge for the new emir as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

The prime minister had been due to be questioned at a parliamentary session on January 19.

CGC said the government submitted its resignation "in light of developments in the relationship between the National Assembly and the government", but did not elaborate.

The motion to question Sheikh Sabah, who has been premier since late 2019, was submitted by three MPs on January 5 in the first regular session of a new assembly in which the opposition made gains after two-thirds of lawmakers lost seats in legislative polls last year.

More than 30 other MPs supported the request to question him on issues including forming a cabinet "not reflective" of poll results and allegations of government "interference" in electing the Speaker and members of parliamentary committees, according to the motion seen by Reuters.


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