The Crown Prince of Kuwait finally accepts the resignation of the government | world news
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah finally accepted the resignation submitted by the government more than a month ago and on Tuesday issued a decree requiring him to remain in a caretaker role, the state reported KUNA news agency.
A protracted political feud had stymied the OPEC oil producer’s tax reform and led to the government handing in its resignation on April 5 before a non-cooperation motion against the prime minister was tabled in parliament.
KUNA said the emiri decree was issued by Sheikh Meshal, who took over most of the 80-year-old emir’s duties late last year. There was no timetable for forming a new government.
Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid, a member of the ruling al-Sabah family and prime minister since 2019, has faced a combative legislature as head of successive cabinets, with opposition MPs keen to question him on issues including alleged corruption.
Kuwait has bestowed more power on its elected assembly than comparable bodies in other Gulf monarchies, including the power to pass and block legislation, question ministers and motions of no-confidence in senior government officials.
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(Reporting by Yasmin Hussein in Cairo; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
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