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Kuwait: Emir accepts government's resignation

The cabinet had been in place since elections in November 2016. After opposition lawmakers filed a no confidence vote against one minister, the Cabinet has decided to resign.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Kuwaiti leader Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah accepted on Monday the resignation of the 15-member governing cabinet led by Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah.

The cabinet, which had been in place since snap elections in November 2016, will continue running the country, a close US ally, in a caretaker capacity before a new cabinet is appointed.

Government ministers did not give a reason for their resignation. But the submission came after 10 opposition lawmakers had filed a vote of no confidence against the country's minister for cabinet affairs, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

They accuse the minister, who is also a member of the powerful Kuwaiti royal family, of having committed financial and administrative irregularities. Abdullah has denied the accusations.

US President Donald Trump und Kuwaiti leader Emir al-Sabah

Kuwait has close relations with the US

Read more: Kuwait's Islamist-dominated opposition wins near-majority in snap elections

Resignations and instability

The small oil-rich country nestled between Iraq and Saudi Arabia has one of the most influential parliaments in the Middle East and regularly holds broadly free elections.

But the ruling al-Sabah family continues to have a strong influence over the country's government and the emir still formally appoints government ministers.

Recently, several ministers have used resignation as a means of avoiding parliamentary oversight into their work.

In last year's elections, the opposition won nearly half of the 50-seat house seats but was unable to beat pro-government lawmakers loyal to Prime Minister al-Sabah, who has been in power since 2011.

The country has held four parliamentary elections since 2012 as low oil prices have hurt Kuwait's oil and gas-dependent economy and undermined government stability.

amp/jm (AP, AFP, dpa)

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