Kuwait cabinet submits resignation

Kuwait — Kuwait's cabinet submitted its resignation on Thursday as expected to avoid parliament questioning ministers, parliamentary sources said.

Lawmakers had asked to question three ministers, all members of the ruling al-Sabah family, the latest in a series of challenges by an unusually assertive Arab parliament that have delayed important economic reforms.

"The ministers submitted the resignation to the prime minister, who will refer it to the emir," a parliamentary source told Reuters.

Kuwait's parliament, the most outspoken in a Gulf region mostly dominated by autocratic rulers, has triggered numerous cabinet resignations or reshuffles through questionings.

Sources said on Wednesday they expected the Gulf state's ruling His Highness Amir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to reappoint Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah to form another cabinet.

While tough questioning of ministers is an everyday occurrence in most parliaments in the world, in Kuwait the questioning is more akin to a direct challenge to the individual and an indirect challenge to the ruler, who has the last say in politics.

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