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Kuwait government resigns

Kuwait government resigns

The Middle Eastern nation’s government announced the resignation on Monday after it has been locked in a standoff with opposition MPs. As Reuters has learned, Kuwaiti oppositional leaders have insisted on questioning PM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah in the elected parliament.

For Kuwait’s cabinet, the issue of amnesty for political dissidents became the stumbling block. According to the government, in an effort to end the standoff between opposition MPs, that has blocked legislative work for months.

Over the months, the amnesty has been a key aspect of the opposition for ending its standoff with the PM office that has paralysed legislation. Moreover, hindered efforts to boost the state finances and enact measures including a debt law that will make it possible to tap global markets caused the political chaos.

“The cabinet approved the necessary draft decrees in preparation for submission to His Highness the Emir,” the government said in the statement.

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah tasked the Parliament speaker, the PM and the head of the supreme judicial council with recommending the conditions and terms of the amnesty ahead of it being issued by decree. In fact, the three had presented a “preliminary report”, spelling out the standards of the planned amnesty for political dissidents.