Kuwaiti PM, cabinet step down after disputes with parliament Nov 15, 2019 0 1682 12345 AFPKuwait CityThe Kuwaiti prime minister resigned on Thursday along with his cabinet, officials said, amid allegations of infighting between ministers and criticism of their performance.Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah “submitted the resignation of the cabinet to the emir... in order to allow for a cabinet reshuffle,” government spokesman Tareq al-Mazrem said in a statement.Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah accepted his resignation, the official KUNA news agency reported.Minister of Finance Nayef al-Hajraf resigned last month to avoid being questioned in parliament over violating Islamic law by charging interest on loans taken by retired Kuwaitis from the state-run pension agency.And Public Works Minister Jenan Bushehri announced her resignation following a lengthy grilling in parliament during which she came under fire for alleged mismanagement of her portfolios and poor use of public funds.On Tuesday, parliament also grilled Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, a member of the ruling family, over similar accusations and MPs filed a no-confidence motion to oust him.Independent MP Saleh Ashour told AFP that as well as those criticisms, disputes between ministers over the current composition of the cabinet had also triggered the resignation. Parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem told reporters Thursday that “a large group of MPs believe that the problem lies in the government team because it is not homogenous”.He however ruled out the possibility that parliament could be dissolved by the emir. After accepting the resignation, the emir can rename the outgoing premier or appoint a new head of government to form the cabinet, the eighth since 2011.Kuwait is the only Gulf state with a fully elected parliament that enjoys wide legislative powers and can vote ministers out of office.The oil-rich country has been shaken by political disputes between lawmakers and the ruling family-led government for over a decade, with parliament and cabinets dissolved several times.A demonstration held outside parliament last week over alleged rampant corruption was reminiscent of past crises that have marred political life in the country.The OPEC member, which has a native population of 1.4 mn in addition to 3.3 mn expatriates, pumps 2.7 mn barrels of oil daily. RELATED ARTICLES Ceasefire takes hold after two days of deadly Israel-Gaza fire exchanges Nov 15, 2019 0 219 Hundreds of Lebanese mourners lay to rest ‘martyr of revolution’ Nov 15, 2019 0 314 Tear gas grenades kill Iraq protesters as govt feels heat Nov 15, 2019 0 233 Russia reinforces new Syria base on Turkish border, says State TV AFP Moscow Russia has begun moving helicopters and other equipment to a new Syrian base on the Turkish border, state TV reported on Thursday, weeks after US forces left the area. Two Mi-35 attack helicopters and a .. Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four AUSTRALIA: The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man’s body was discovered in a scorched area of bushland, police said on Thursday. Three others have perished in .. 70-year-old dies in HK after being hit by brick at protests Hong KONG: A man has died in hospital in Hong Kong after being hit by a brick during the protests that have rocked the city, Hong Kong media reported on Thursday. The South China Morning Post cited a spokesman for the Prince of .. HK universities cancel semester amid campus violence DPA Hong Kong Universities across Hong Kong cancelled classes until the end of the year on Thursday amid unprecedented violence on multiple campuses. The move comes two days after clashes between anti-government .. Donors promise $10bn for women’s health at Kenya global summit Nairobi: Governments, corporations and charities have pledged $10 billion to improve women’s health during a global summit that ended on Thursday in Kenya, well below the amount the UN says is needed. Countries ..