Kuwait Middle East

Kuwait government resigns, state news agency reports

Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly said he will not be calling for parliamentary meetings until a new government is formed

Kuwaiti prime minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah offered the resignation of his government to the emir on Monday, the state-run Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported.

Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly Marzouq Al Ghanim said that he will not be calling for parliamentary meetings until a new government is formed.

The government “formally submitted its resignation and it was accepted by the emir”, he told reporters on Monday.

Mr Al Ghanim had said on Thursday there was a high chance the government was resigning on Monday amid efforts by opposition MPs to go after allegations of mismanagement.

Lawmakers were preparing to deliberate on a no-confidence vote in information minister Sheikh Mohammed Al Sabah, who was questioned over violations of budgetary and legislative rules, Kuwait Times said in a report.

Kuwait has the oldest legislature among the Gulf Arab states and experiences frequent cabinet reshuffles. The latest government was formed in February.

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