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Kuwait government submits resignation letter

International Desk /

The government submitted its resignation letter to the Emir of Kuwait on Monday, local dailies Al-Qabas and Al-Rai reported. The Kuwaiti government has taken this decision in the context of the stalemate created with the opposition lawmakers.

The government has long been at odds with opposition lawmakers over the questioning of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah in the country’s elected parliament. The Kuwaiti government has submitted its resignation letter to Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as part of its efforts to end the stalemate.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah has resigned for the second time this year amid a row with opposition in parliament. The country’s emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, has the power to make the final decision on the resignation. It was not immediately clear whether he would accept the cabinet resignation.

The government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah, was formed in March following the resignation of the then-Kuwaiti government in January. According to Reuters, a number of opposition lawmakers have called for the PM to be questioned on a range of issues, including the Kovid-19 epidemic and anti-corruption measures.

In this dispute between the opposition and the government, the work of making laws in the parliament came to a halt. In addition, the country was hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic and falling oil prices last year, but the government also faced obstacles in passing a budget in parliament to keep the economy afloat.

Parliament has been at a standstill with the cabinet in Kuwait for decades. Which has been resolved at various times by reshuffling the country’s government and dissolving parliament. However, investment and reform work was severely hampered.

Opposition lawmakers in the country’s parliament want to question Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah, who came to power in late 2019, on corruption, the Corona epidemic and the economic reform process. They also questioned the constitutional validity of a resolution passed in parliament in March.

In that proposal, any questioning of the Prime Minister was postponed till the end of next year. The country’s government has recently begun a dialogue with lawmakers to break the stalemate in parliament with opposition groups demanding the interrogation of Sheikh Sabah and a general amnesty for political dissidents.

Kuwait’s cabinet on Sunday approved a draft general amnesty plan for political dissidents. The Kuwaiti government says legislation has been stalled for months due to the government’s long stalemate with opposition lawmakers. The cabinet has approved a draft amnesty for political dissidents to resolve the crisis.

Although Kuwait does not have the permission of political parties, the country’s parliamentary power is far greater than that of other Gulf monarchies. The country’s parliament has the power to pass and block laws, interrogate ministers and call for a no-confidence vote against senior government officials. Source: Reuters, Middle East Monitor.

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