Kuwait’s Emir assigns Sabah al-Khalid with forming a new government

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid. (File photo: AFP)

Kuwait’s Emir assigned Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid on Tuesday with forming a new government, five days after the Gulf country’s cabinet resigned.

Kuwait’s Cabinet submitted its resignation on Thursday, days after the country’s minister of public works announced she would step down after being grilled by parliament.

Some elected lawmakers had accused Jenan Ramadan, who is also minister of state for housing, of failing to fix infrastructure and roads that were damaged in massive floods in 2018.

Ten lawmakers had filed a no-confidence motion against her, according to local media.

Ramadan had claimed, however, that the problems plaguing her ministry are long-running and argued she should not be held responsible for issues that precede her time as minister.

The government in Kuwait has resigned in the past, particularly when elected lawmakers are set to question or submit a no-confidence vote against senior government officials.

Kuwait’s state-run news agency, KUNA, reported that Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah formally submitted Cabinet’s resignation to the country’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah, without providing further detail.

The country’s parliamentary elections are expected in early 2020.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56