Kuwait’s Government Resigns After Less than a Year in Office

This article was updated at 2021-11-09 13:51.
Kuwait’s administration resigned to Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah on Monday, less than a year after assuming office.

The administration, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah, is the second in a year to quit as a result of a disagreement with Kuwait’s elected Parliament.

Sheikh Nawaf is anticipated to accept the resignation of the administration, which was constituted in March following the departure of the previous Cabinet.

The current political impasse in Kuwait has a lengthy history. Decades of conflict between Parliament and the administration have resulted in Cabinet reshuffles and resignations, frequently impending legislative action.

The establishment of a new Cabinet might pave the way for budgetary reform, providing respite to Kuwait’s economy after it was hit by a downturn in oil prices and the pandemic.

Th Emir signed two decrees granting amnesty to a number of condemned persons, including major opposition lawmakers, in order to facilitate discussions between Parliament and the administration.

Since 2006, Kuwait has had 17 administrations and eight elections. Despite a cabinet resignation in January, the oil, finance, and international ministries remained under the same ministers in the most current Cabinet, which was established in March.

Some Kuwaitis, though, had hoped for a more fundamental shift. Sheikh Nawaf was sworn in as Kuwait’s Emir in September of last year.

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