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Kuwait’s Emir Accepts Government’s Resignation, Kuna Reports

February 05, 2012

(Updates with parliament session in second paragraph.)

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah accepted the government’s resignation, a routine step following parliamentary elections, the state news agency KUNA reported today.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Sabah will continue as a caretaker government until a new one is formed, KUNA said.

Kuwait elected a new parliament on Feb. 2, which will convene on Feb. 15, KUNA said.

Kuwait’s government must resign and a new one be formed within two weeks after parliamentary elections are held, according to the country’s constitution. The newly elected house must hold its inaugural session within two weeks of elections, after a new cabinet is formed, in line with the law.

--Editor: Andrew J. Barden, Louis Meixler.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fiona MacDonald in Kuwait at fmacdonald4@bloomberg.net; Dahlia Kholaif in Kuwait at dkholaif@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net.


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