Amir ac­cepts res­ig­na­tion of Cabi­net, names it care­taker

Speaker: No par­lia­ment ses­sions un­til new govt is formed

Kuwait Times - - Front Page - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yes­ter­day ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of the Cabi­net which was sub­mit­ted to him by the prime min­is­ter amid in­di­ca­tions that the for­ma­tion of the new Cabi­net could take weeks. The res­ig­na­tion came as ex­pected fol­low­ing a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion filed against Min­is­ter of State for Cabi­net Af­fairs and act­ing In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah Al-Sabah fol­low­ing a grilling last Tues­day on the National As­sem­bly’s open­ing day.

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad was grilled over al­leged fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive vi­o­la­tions, which he cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied. The gov­ern­ment’s res­ig­na­tion came after a large num­ber of law­mak­ers an­nounced their support for the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion, which threat­ens to dis­miss the min­is­ter if the mo­tion suc­ceeds.

HH the Amir asked out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and his min­is­ters to re­main as a care­taker Cabi­net un­til a new gov­ern­ment is formed. Un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, the Amir has the sole right to name a new prime min­is­ter or ask the out­go­ing pre­mier to form a new Cabi­net.

National As­sem­bly speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem told re­porters that he was of­fi­cially in­formed of the res­ig­na­tion and that he will an­nounce this at the start of to­day’s sched­uled As­sem­bly ses­sion. But he said he will ad­journ the ses­sion and will not call for new As­sem­bly ses­sions be­fore the for­ma­tion of the new Cabi­net. Un­der Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion, As­sem­bly ses­sions are il­le­gal if no Cabi­net min­is­ter is at­tend­ing.

Ghanem gave no time­frame for the for­ma­tion of the Cabi­net amid in­di­ca­tions by sources that the process could be a lengthy one and might take weeks. There is no of­fi­cial dead­line for the for­ma­tion of the Cabi­net un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances. Due to po­lit­i­cal dis­putes be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the As­sem­bly since 2006, at least a dozen gov­ern­ments have stepped down, mostly over dis­putes with MPs. The As­sem­bly was also dis­solved seven times in the same pe­riod.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the lower court yes­ter­day set Nov 20 to look into a case in which a Kuwaiti cit­i­zen is su­ing the gov­ern­ment for al­low­ing cer­tain ex­pa­tri­ates to en­roll their chil­dren in pub­lic schools. The case, filed by lawyer Ibrahim Al-Bathani on be­half of a Kuwaiti cit­i­zen, claims the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry is vi­o­lat­ing the law. The cit­i­zen in­sists that the law ex­plic­itly stip­u­lates that pub­lic schools are for Kuwaitis only, but the gov­ern­ment al­lows cer­tain cat­e­gories of ex­pats like teach­ers and judges to en­roll their chil­dren at such schools.


KUWAIT: HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah (left) hands the gov­ern­ment’s res­ig­na­tion letter to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah yes­ter­day.

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