Kuwait on Monday saw the resignation of its second government this year, giving analysts a chance to break a legislative impasse that has blocked major economic reforms for months.
A powerful opposition faction in parliament was blocking the reforms, demanding the right to question Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al Hamad al-Sabah and secure pardons for dissidents deported from the small Persian Gulf country.
Sheikh Sabah, who was appointed by Kuwait’s emir like all of his cabinet, was criticized for alleged corruption and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a resolution passed in March exempted him from questioning until the end of 2022. Gave. With the resignation of his entire cabinet, he could avoid questioning permanently.
According to Reuters, demands from lawmakers have slowed efforts to reform Kuwait’s oil-dependent economy, but resignations could make it easier to resolve the impasse.
In another move to break the impasse on Sunday, the emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, promised amnesty to opposition political members, allowing self-exile Kuwaitis who criticized him to return home.
Reuters quoted parliamentary speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanim as saying the apology would enable Kuwait to turn a “new page” and focus on “important pending matters”, such as balancing the national budget, boosting the state’s finances, and more. Giving and exploiting global markets.
It is not clear whether Amir will accept the resignation. The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported that they received information of the decision from the prime minister, but the agency did not take further steps. Kuwait’s government was dissolved for the last time in January, just six days after the emir submitted his resignation.
The Associated Press reports Kuwait’s unusual model of governance – one in which elected lawmakers meet with a government appointed by an emir – often holds it behind economic progress.
According to Bloomberg, the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s slump in oil prices and political infighting have decimated Kuwait’s economy, but the government’s resignation is expected to unlock legislative options that will aid in the recovery.
Some information for this report is from Reuters and The Associated Press.