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Kuwait’s prime minister submits Cabinet’s resignation

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Jan 13, 2021

Kuwait’s prime minister submitted his authorities’s resignation Wednesday, with the Cabinet calling it quits after only a month in workplace. 

Prime Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah handed in his Cabinet’s resignation to the Gulf-rich state’s ruling emir, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the official KUNA information company reported. On Tuesday, ministers stepped down en masse, with the deputy prime minister citing “current developments regarding the relation between the National Assembly and the government.”

Their resignation comes after 38 members of parliament sought to query the prime minister over what they imagine was a violation of the Kuwaiti Constitution when he shaped a brand new authorities final month.  

Kuwait’s absolutely elected, 50-person National Assembly is the oldest parliament within the Gulf area. The US-allied nation held parliamentary elections in December, throughout which the opposition received nearly half the seats. All the ladies operating misplaced their races, leaving the legislature with out a single feminine lawmaker. 

Days after the elections, the prime minister appointed a brand new Cabinet on Dec. 14, changing the oil and finance ministers and protecting simply six of the unique 16 ministers who served within the earlier authorities. Corruption allegations in November 2019 additionally compelled a Cabinet to resign. 

The political upheaval, which comes as Kuwait’s financial system suffers from the twin shock of declining oil costs and the coronavirus pandemic, is Sheikh Nawaf’s first main check as emir of the OPEC member state. He took energy in September following the demise of his half-brother, 91-year-old Sheikh Sabah. 

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