Cab­i­net re­signs; in­au­gu­ral Assem­bly ses­sion on Dec 11

Op­po­si­tion urged to unite for speaker’s post

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KUWAIT: The Cab­i­net ten­dered its res­ig­na­tion to HH the Amir yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the par­lia­men­tary elections as re­quired un­der the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion. The ac­tion is not linked to the strong show­ing of the op­po­si­tion groups in the snap gen­eral elec­tion, but is a pro­ce­dural re­quire­ment. Af­ter the Amir holds cus­tom­ary con­sul­ta­tions with for­mer Assem­bly speak­ers and pre­miers ex­pected to start from to­day, he will ei­ther reap­point out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlSabah or ask an­other se­nior mem­ber of the rul­ing fam­ily to form the next Cab­i­net.

Be­fore step­ping down, the Cab­i­net ap­proved an Amiri de­cree call­ing for the new Na­tional Assem­bly to hold its in­au­gu­ral ses­sion on Dec 11 af­ter form­ing the new Cab­i­net. The new Cab­i­net is ex­pected to un­dergo a great change to re­flect the re­sults of the Assem­bly elec­tion, es­pe­cially with the op­po­si­tion and its al­lies win­ning nearly half of the 50 seats. This will en­able the op­po­si­tion to grill and even vote min­is­ters out of of­fice be­cause they need a max­i­mum of 25 votes. They also can grill the premier and vote him out of of­fice. The new Cab­i­net is ex­pected to be formed next week. There have been de­mands by many elec­tion can­di­dates, some of whom won Assem­bly seats, for ap­point­ing new faces in the Cab­i­net.

In the mean­time, the bat­tle for the next speaker ap­pears to have started. Op­po­si­tion leader and for­mer Is­lamist MP Faisal Al-Mislem called on the three op­po­si­tion as­pi­rants for the post - MPs Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi, Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tair and Shuaib Al-Muwaizri - to se­lect one can­di­date be­tween them­selves to face the speaker of the out­go­ing house Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem.

The sup­port of the gov­ern­ment, which will have its 16 mem­bers as one bloc, is crit­i­cal for the next speaker. With­out the gov­ern­ment votes, it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for any­one to win.

The Na­tional Assem­bly in March ap­proved spend­ing an ad­di­tional $500 mil­lion as an ad­vance pay­ment for the jets. That fund­ing came on top of $10 bil­lion ad­di­tional de­fense spend­ing al­ready ap­proved by par­lia­ment in Jan­uary to up­grade the coun­try’s mil­i­tary. Kuwait is a mem­ber of the USled coali­tion bomb­ing Is­lamic State group tar­gets in Syria and Iraq, and is also tak­ing part in a Saudi-led coali­tion pound­ing Iran-backed rebels in Ye­men. Last year, it bought 24 Cara­cal mil­i­tary tac­ti­cal trans­port he­li­copters and French light ar­mored ve­hi­cles. — Agen­cies

KUWAIT: HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah (right) sub­mits the Cab­i­net’s res­ig­na­tion to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah at Bayan Palace yes­ter­day. —- KUNA By B Iz­zak

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