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Kuwaiti Govt Resigns over Disputes with National Assembly

Kuwaiti Govt Resigns over Disputes with National Assembly

Tuesday, 24 January, 2023 - 08:15
Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Sabah. (KUNA)

Kuwait’s government, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Sabah, submitted its resignation to Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah on Monday after weeks of tension with the National Assembly over the approval of a financial aid package that lawmakers want in exchange for waiving the demand to buy loans.

The government has upheld its position to return the reports of the Finance Committee to the committees without any pledges.

The government has also insisted that parliament withdraw debriefing requests against Minister of Finance Abdul Wahhab Al Rushaid and deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Barak Al Shaitan that were to be held during a National Assembly session on Tuesday.

The cabinet had held its weekly meeting on Monday after which Al Shaitan said the PM had submitted the government's resignation to the crown prince.

He added that the resignation stemmed from the deadlock between the government and parliament, hoping that the crown prince would take the measures he sees fit for the higher interest of the country.

Before its resignation, the cabinet had hailed the amnesty decreed by Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al Sabah, saying it reflects wise political leadership and consolidates the values of tolerance.

It also decided to stop issuing extraordinary salary decisions and assign the Ministerial Committee for Economic Affairs to review and examine all measures taken in this regard.

This issue was one of several that had caused tensions with the National Assembly.

The government had previously approved the disbursement of exceptional salaries to ministers, general managers, and former officials at a time when deputies were calling for financial aid to citizens.

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