Kuwaiti govt resigns after dispute with parliament

The Kuwaiti government has resigned barely three months after its formation, in the latest political standoff in the Gulf country.


Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah submitted the resignation of his cabinet to the country’s crown prince on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.


Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who has taken over most of the emir’s duties, last year named Sheikh Ahmad as premier and called early legislative polls after dissolving the previous parliament to end feuding that impeded fiscal reforms.


Tensions recently resurfaced between Kuwait’s elected parliament and the government, sworn in last October, as lawmakers pressed for a debt relief bill, under which the state would buy Kuwaiti citizen’s personal loans, and sought to question two ministers.


The prime minister submitted the government’s resignation to the crown prince “as a result of what has become of the relationship between the executive and legislative authorities”, KUNA reported citing a cabinet statement.


Kuwait’s leadership has tried to overcome political discord by responding to key opposition demands, including granting amnesties to political dissidents, clamping down on perceived corruption and restructuring some key institutions.


Credit: Aljazeera.com


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