Kuwait Emir asks outgoing PM to form new cabinet

April 6, 2011

Kuwait’s Emir has asked the outgoing prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, to form a new cabinet, Kuwaiti television Al Rai said on Tuesday. The television gave no further details.

Earlier, Kuwait’s Speaker Jassem Al Khorafi on Tuesday suspended the weekly parliament session and said that the MPs would convene only after the new government is announced.

“I am suspending this session as there are not enough MPs to hold it,” Al Khorafi said. “We will not hold any new session since the government told me that ministers cannot attend hearings or debates. We will therefore have to wait until the new government is announced,” he said.

The Kuwaiti government resigned on March 31 after MPs filed requests to grill three senior ministers, including the foreign minister.

The Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah accepted the resignation, but urged the government to continue its work until the new cabinet is named.

Several MPs have called for the replacement of the outgoing prime minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad amid official statements that the naming of the head of the cabinet is the prerogative of the Emir.

According to Kuwaiti media, Shaikh Sabah has been receiving MPs to discuss with them the future government.

Shaikh Nasser last week submitted the resignation of his cabinet after MPs filed requests to grill three senior ministers, including the foreign minister.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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