Kuwait’s Crown Prince Accepts Government’s Resignation
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has accepted the resignation of the country’s government, more than a month after it was tendered, according to the KUNA state news agency. The crown prince asked the cabinet, led by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Hamad Al-Sabah, to remain in a caretaker role, according to the report. The government resigned in early April, ahead of a scheduled no-confidence vote in the parliament.
The prime minister, a member of the royal family who put together the current cabinet in December 2021 and who has headed a series of cabinets since late 2019, has faced a strong challenge from opposition parliamentarians over a number of issues. These include the need to pass fiscal and economic reforms, plans to trim the bloated public sector, and the perception of corruption.
The crown prince took over most of the octogenarian emir’s duties late last year. The report did not give a target date for the formation of a new government.