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.