Cabinet resignations in Kuwait are common when elected lawmakers question or cast a vote of no confidence in high-ranking government officials.

Kuwait’s new emir has asked the state cabinet to perform its duties and prepare for the parliamentary elections due this year after the prime minister tabled his government’s resignation on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah met the new Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who took power last Wednesday, and, according to the country’s constitution, “resigned himself and his government to ensure ministerial responsibility by those perceived that they enjoy the trust of the emir, ”reported the state news agency KUNA in Kuwait.

Sheikh Nawaf was said to have expressed full confidence in the current cabinet, which was formed last December.

Cabinet resignations in Kuwait are common when elected lawmakers question or cast a vote of no confidence in high-ranking government officials.

Kuwait has the most open political system in the Six Nations Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with a parliament that has the power to pass laws and consult ministers.

The move could signal Sheikh Nawaf’s desire to follow the political path taken by his predecessor and allow Kuwait to avoid the difficulties of forming a new government before the elections if the cabinet has to dissolve anyway.

Despite Sheikh Nawaf’s high praise for the current cabinet, last month 10 lawmakers tabled a motion of censure against Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, who was increasingly dissatisfied amid growing dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the pandemic and the budgetary problems of the coronavirus.

Kuwait’s parliamentary speaker said Tuesday that the last session of parliament would be on October 8th.

The 83-year-old Sheikh Nawaf took over the helm of the US-allied OPEC member state after the death of his brother Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad last Tuesday at the age of 91.

Kuwaitis has waited for Sheikh Nawaf to appoint a Crown Prince to run state affairs at a time when low oil prices and COVID-19 have hit state finances amid ongoing tensions between Kuwait’s larger neighbors Saudi Arabia and Iran.

His election must be approved by parliament.

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