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Kuwait’s four-month-old Cabinet, headed by Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, submitted its resignation to the emir five days after the country’s highest court dissolved parliament.
“The Cabinet’s resignation is based on legal and constitutional reasons, as a safe and precautionary measure to avoid any unconstitutional doubts,” Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah said in a press conference in Kuwait City. “We submitted our resignation in order for a new and sound government to be formed.”
The unprecedented June 20 verdict voided elections for the existing parliament and reinstated its predecessor. The judgment was called a constitutional coup by some members of parliament.
The opposition held more than 30 of the 50 seats in parliament, which was elected last February on a turnout of 59.5 percent of the country’s almost 400,000 voters. Its election in the fourth-biggest producer among the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, followed unparalleled anti-government demonstrations focusing on a corruption scandal involving the alleged transfer of millions of dollars to lawmakers. These led the premier at the time, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, to resign in November.
Repeated clashes between Cabinet ministers and lawmakers have led to a series of parliamentary dissolutions and cabinet resignations, and stymied key investment projects, so contributing to slower economic growth.
Opposition lawmakers have accused the government of delays in implementation of Kuwait’s $111 billion development plan, which includes expanding oil and gas production and infrastructure.
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