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Kuwaiti government resignation ‘freezes’ domestic politics as state struggles to balance regional conflicts

07 November 2017

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On 1 November, Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, named Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah as Prime Minister, after he resigned his cabinet post on 30 October.

The entire cabinet’s resignation came after the parliamentary interpellation of State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and acting Information Minister Mohammad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, a member of the royal family, on 24 October. A subsequent no-confidence motion filed by 10 parliamentarians was well short of the 25 votes required to remove the minister.

The generality of the parliamentary criticism, focusing on budgetary and administrative irregularities, suggests that it was likely to be politically motivated to maintain pressure on the government.

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