Kuwait Cab­i­net steps down af­ter Par­lia­ment polls


KUWAIT CITY: The Kuwaiti Cab­i­net on Mon­day submitted its res­ig­na­tion to the emir of the Gulf state fol­low­ing snap par­lia­men­tary polls, an of­fi­cial state­ment said.

The move falls in line with the emi­rate's con­sti­tu­tion which re­quires the cab­i­net to step down af­ter polls.

Af­ter ac­cept­ing the res­ig­na­tion, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah will ei­ther reap­point the out­go­ing premier, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, or name an­other se­nior mem­ber of the rul­ing fam­ily to form a cab­i­net.

The new cab­i­net must be formed be­fore par­lia­ment holds its first ses­sion within the next two weeks.

The elec­tion on Satur­day saw the Is­lamist-dom­i­nated op­po­si­tion win nearly half of the 50-seat par­lia­ment af­ter it ended a four-year boy­cott and took part in the polls.

An­a­lysts pre­dict the re­turn of po­lit­i­cal dis­putes in par­lia­ment un­less the rul­ing fam­ily-led govern­ment suc­ceeds in co­op­er­at­ing with the op­po­si­tion.

Around half of the op­po­si­tion can­di­dates who won seats are Is­lamists from a Mus­lim Brother­hood-linked group and Salafists.

The emir dis­solved the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment due to a dis­pute over hik­ing petrol prices.

But a ma­jor­ity of the elected MPs have openly said they would op­pose any aus­ter­ity mea­sures by the govern­ment to boost non-oil in­come.

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