Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment’s res­ig­na­tion ac­cepted

Hav­ing the en­tire gov­ern­ment leave seemed a bet­ter op­tion in the long run

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Dark po­lit­i­cal clouds are again loom­ing large over Kuwait af­ter the gov­ern­ment re­signed yes­ter­day and Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ah­mad ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of the cabi­net led by Prime Min­is­ter Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah.

“The premier and min­is­ters will pro­ceed amid the ur­gent cir­cum­stances as a care­taker cabi­net, pend­ing the for­ma­tion of a new cabi­net ,” the Emiri or­der said, ac­cord­ing to Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).

The res­ig­na­tion of the gov­ern­ment had been ex­pected af­ter law­mak­ers last week filed a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against State Min­is­ter for Cabi­net Af­fairs and Act­ing Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah Al Sabah fol­low­ing a lengthy grilling ses­sion over al­leged ad­min­is­tra­tive and fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, which he ve­he­mently de­nied.

In the run-up to the res­ig­na­tion, sev­eral Kuwaitis pre­dicted only Shaikh Mo­ham­mad would leave the gov­ern­ment and avoid the no-con­fi­dence ses­sion, al­low­ing the other min­is­ters to keep their port­fo­lios.

How­ever, amid the ten­sion that has pre­vailed lately in re­la­tions be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive branches and the “omi­nous” prospects of more mo­tions to grill min­is­ters, hav­ing the en­tire gov­ern­ment leave seemed a bet­ter op­tion in the long run.

The par­lia­ment, elected in Novem­ber last year, in­cludes sev­eral law­mak­ers who had run on prom­ises to keep pres­sure on the gov­ern­ment and boost or at least re­tain ex­ist­ing priv­i­leges for ci­ti­zens, de­spite the eco­nomic chal­lenges fac­ing Kuwait in the wake of the dra­matic drop in the price of oil re­cently.

Ten­sion also in­creased af­ter the par­lia­ment and the gov­ern­ment failed to reach sat­is­fac­tory agree­ments on sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing the re­in­state­ment of re­voked cit­i­zen­ships.

Some law­mak­ers warned the al­ter­na­tions of par­lia­ments be­ing dis­solved and gov­ern­ments re­sign­ing could even­tu­ally make peo­ple doubt the merit of demo­cratic prac­tices.

The gov­ern­ment did not com­plete one full year; it was ap­pointed on Novem­ber 30 last year.

Shaikh Jaber is largely ex­pected to form the new cabi­net amid spec­u­la­tion that the process would take more than three weeks since there is no spe­cific time­frame for the for­ma­tion of a gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing its res­ig­na­tion.


Kuwaiti Prime Min­is­ter Shaikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah (left) hand­ing over the gov­ern­ment’s res­ig­na­tion let­ter to Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ah­mad Al Sabah in Kuwait City yes­ter­day.

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