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Kuwait's cabinet members resign en masse

Iran Press TV

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 6:30 PM

Kuwaiti ministers have resigned en masse after the parliament moved to question Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah over the makeup of his cabinet.

The government communications office (CGC) said on Tuesday that the government had submitted its resignation "in light of developments in the relationship between the National Assembly and the government."

"Today, his Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad Al Sabah, prime minister, received at the Seif Palace His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al Sabah… where he raised to his Highness the resignation of all of cabinet's members," the CGC announced in an Arabic tweet.

Sabah, who has been premier since late 2019, must submit the resignations to the country's ruler, Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed Al Sabah, for approval.

Earlier this month, three Kuwaiti lawmakers put forward the motion to question the prime minister. Sabah was expected to be questioned at a parliamentary session on January 19.

Over 30 other lawmakers backed the motion to question the premier on issues such as forming a cabinet "not reflective" of poll results and allegations of government "interference" in electing the speaker and members of parliamentary committees, Reuters reported.

Sabah was first appointed as premier on November 19, 2019, after the resignation of his predecessor Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad Al Sabah. He was reappointed as prime minister on December 8, 2020, following general elections that saw the opposition win almost half of the parliament's seats.

Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed Al Sabah was sworn in as the new emir of Kuwait on September 30 after Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah passed away at the age of 91.

Members of the al Sabah ruling family retain full control over key government and executive posts in the Arab country. They have been in power for the past 250 years.

Under the Kuwaiti constitution, the emir has the final say in state matters and can dissolve the parliament at the recommendation of the government.

The prime minister traditionally helps navigate the often tense relationship between the government and the parliament in Kuwait.

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