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Kuwait: Government Resigns Amid Disputes

Kuwait: Government Resigns Amid Disputes

Friday, 15 November, 2019 - 07:45
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah pictured here presiding over the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Jon Gambrell / AP

The Kuwaiti government resigned on Thursday amid internal disputes. The Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad, accepted the resignation and ordered the government to assume the role of caretaking pending the formation of a new cabinet.

Speaker of the National Assembly of Kuwait Marzouq Al-Ghanim said he did not feel an “Emiri desire” to dissolve the National Assembly [parliament], but stressed that the problem lied in the lack of concordance within the government team” and in the need for homogeneity.

Al-Ghanim told reporters at the National Assembly that the imbalance in the government team must be addressed and resolved.

He added: “I think it will be resolved”, stressing that the government must come with a homogeneous team.

Minister of Finance Nayef al-Hajraf and Minister of Public Works Jenan Bushehri resigned this month during a questioning session over accusations of wasting public money.

Ten deputies submitted a no-confidence motion against the minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, who is also a deputy prime minister.

Kuwait’s prime minister submitted the cabinet’s resignation to the Emir, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah “submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the Emir... in order to allow for a cabinet reshuffle,” government spokesman Tareq al-Mazrem said in a statement.

The outgoing government, formed in December 2017, is the 35th government in Kuwait’s history since 1962. It is also the seventh cabinet that is headed by Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al Sabah, 74, who has been prime minister since 2011.

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