Middle East

Kuwait emir accepts govt resignation – state news agency

DUBAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah accepted on Sunday the resignation of the government, state news agency KUNA reported, as the oil-rich country’s rulers seek to end a feud with lawmakers that has hindered fiscal reforms.

Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah submitted on Nov. 8 the resignation of his cabinet, formed in March.

An Emiri decree asked the outgoing government to remain in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed, KUNA said.

The disagreement centers on the prime minister having been granted temporary immunity by parliament protecting him against questioning from MPs on issues including handling the COVID-19 pandemic and corruption until the end of 2022. It has hindered efforts to boost state finances – hit hard last year by low oil prices and the pandemic – and enact a debt law needed to tap global markets.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Raissa Kasolowsky

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