Kuwait: cabinet resigns after disagreement with lawmakers

Following a disagreement with lawmakers, Kuwait’s cabinet resigned.

Their departure was announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

Al-Sabah resigned to Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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The decision came as a result of disagreements between the executive and the legislature, which reconvened on Tuesday.

The ministers had fought the move to pass legislation that they claimed would strain state finances.

Both sides clashed over the assembly’s populist measures, which were deemed too expensive, and requests to question officials about economic management.

Last October, the sixth cabinet in three years was sworn in.

In September, Kuwait held its sixth election in a decade, resulting in the formation of an opposition-led parliament.

The oil-rich Western Asia nation is the only Gulf state with an elected National Assembly.

But power is domiciled in the ruling Al-Sabah family, which appoints the PM, cabinet, and can dissolve the parliament.

 

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