Kuwait emir accepts govt resignation

Instructs cabinet to remain as care-taker



Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah. Photo: File
Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah. Photo: File

By Web Desk

Published: Sun 14 Nov 2021, 2:44 PM

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah accepted on Sunday the resignation of the government, state news agency KUNA reported, as the oil-rich country’s rulers seek to end a feud with lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reforms.

Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah submitted on Nov. 8 the resignation of his cabinet, formed in March.

An Emiri decree asked the outgoing government to remain in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed, KUNA said.

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The disagreement centres on the prime minister having been granted temporary immunity by parliament protecting him against questioning from MPs on issues including handling the Covid-19 pandemic and corruption until the end of 2022.

It has hindered efforts to boost state finances - hit hard last year by low oil prices and the pandemic - and enact a debt law needed to tap global markets.


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