Kuwait's govt steps down after parliamentary polls

Published July 29th, 2013 - 04:00 GMT
Liberals, who were not represented in the previous parliament, won three seats in the elections. Here, they celebrate in Kuwait City on Sunday morning. (AFP)
Liberals, who were not represented in the previous parliament, won three seats in the elections. Here, they celebrate in Kuwait City on Sunday morning. (AFP)

Kuwait's government resigned on Sunday after the parliamentary polls, with the emir requesting the cabinet to stay on in a caretaker role.

In line with the Kuwaiti constitution, one day after the elections Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, ruler of the oil-rich Gulf state, accepted the government's resignation but formally requested that the Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, and his ministers stay in the government until a new cabinet is formed, AFP reported.

It is likely that after parliamentary consultations are held, the emir may enlist the outgoing premier or another senior member of the ruling family to implement the creation of a new Kuwaiti cabinet, according to AFP. 

The government's last move whilst in power was to call for the parliament to hold its inaugural meeting on August 6, according to the cabinet's website. 

The soon-to-be formed cabinet will be Kuwait's 13th in seven years and must be formed before the parliament's first session, in line with the constitution. 

In the second bout of parliamentary polls in Kuwait over the last eight months, the Shiite minority emerged at the bottom of the pile according to preliminary results from Saturday's elections, according to AFP. 

 

"Shiites form around 30 percent of Kuwait's native population of 1.23 million", AFP reported.


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