Kuwait Government Submits Resignation to Emir

The Kuwaiti Prime Minister has officially submitted the resignation of the government to the Emir, local media reported, a move following months of confrontations with Parliament.

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah met with Kuwait’s Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday and tendered a letter of government resignation, Kuna reported.

Al-Sabah had formed government three times in the past two years, one in December 2020, another in March 2021 and the third one in December 2021., and Al-Sabah also resigned twice in January 2021 and in November 2021.

However, Al-Sabah was re-appointed to form a cabinet by a decree issued by the Emir. 

Al-Sabah also faced several allegations by the parliament and was also accused of squandering public funds. Several opposition MPs accused Al-Sabah of corruption in several projects, including his failure in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kuwait is an Arabic country, in which the parliament enjoys wide legislative powers and can vote ministers out of office.

In February, the parliament summoned the Kuwait’ interior and defense ministers, and both the ministries resigned in protest over the manner of parliamentary questioning.

The parliament also summoned Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Mohammed Al-Sabah over corruption claims and alleged misuse of public funds.

Sheikh Ahmed survived a no-confidence vote on February 16, and said that interrogations are a constitutional right, but the parliamentary practices are hindering the officials to discharge their obligations in a calm atmosphere.

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