Kuwait government resigns after three months of formation

Kuwait government resigns after three months of formation

Kuwait’s government resigned on Tuesday, three months after being sworn in, state media reported, amid growing disputes with parliament.

The Prime Minister of the Gulf Emirate, Sabah Khalid Al-Sabah, handed over the resignation of the cabinet to Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the official Kuna news agency said.

The move comes a day before a parliamentary vote on the non-cooperation letter, which was submitted against the premier after 10 lawmakers accused him of committing “unconstitutional” practices, including corruption.

Oil-rich Kuwait has been rocked by disputes between lawmakers and successive governments dominated by the ruling al-Sabah family for more than a decade, with parliament and cabinets dissolved several times.

Kuwait is the only Gulf Arab state to have a fully elected parliament, which has extensive legislative powers and can remove ministers from office.

In February, the country’s interior and defense ministers resigned in protest at the manner in which parliamentary inquiries were conducted by other ministers.

Parliament had questioned Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah – also part of the royal family – over claims of corruption and alleged misuse of public funds.

Sheikh Ahmed survived a no-confidence vote on 16 February, but Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber al-Ali al-Sabah said the lengthy questioning was an “abuse” of power.

“Inquiry is a constitutional right … but parliamentary practices are preventing us from fulfilling the aspirations of the Kuwaiti people,” he was quoted as saying by Kuwaiti media at the time.

The country’s previous government was sworn in in December, the fourth in two years, after resigning in November amid a political deadlock.

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