Kuwait’s emir reappoints PM to form new cabinet

Kuwait’s emir has issued a decree reappointing Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah as prime minister after the cabinet resigned last week in a standoff with parliament over its vote to question him on constitutional affairs, including his choice of ministers.

State news agency KUNA said on Sunday the decree by Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah also tasked Sheikh Sabah with nominating a new cabinet for approval.

The barely one-month-old government had been acting in a caretaker role since it resigned on January 13 over the confrontation with parliament.

The motion earlier this month to question Sheikh Sabah, prime minister since late 2019, was supported by 38 MPs in the 50-seat assembly.

It referred to a cabinet that did not reflect last year’s legislative elections and to government “interference” in electing the speaker and members of parliamentary committees, according to Reuters news agency.

The situation, the emir’s first big political challenge since taking power in September, has complicated efforts to tackle a severe liquidity crunch in the wealthy OPEC member state caused by low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic.

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