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Less than a month after it was formed, the Kuwaiti government resigned Tuesday after the elected parliament unanimously approved a non-cooperation motion, meaning the cabinet must be replaced

Vice Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah announced the resignation of all members of the cabinet of Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Tuesday

The powers of the emir include the appointment of the Prime Minister, who in turn elects the cabinet. The National Assembly is the most independent legislature in the Arab world

Hussein Jamal, a leading Kuwaiti writer and media personality, told The Media Line, the resignations were inevitable because Kuwaitis stand at a political crossroads of either confrontation or compromise requires, and the government has chosen a non-confrontation

« The government knew it would lose, so it is preferred to resign, as a token of goodwill and concessions on its part, to form a new government, » said Jamal, adding that the opposition consisted of hardliners

However, he said that the political confrontations would continue if no solution was found, and would that take place in early summer inevitably early elections

« The government is currently facing restructuring and this requires the change of some faces that have sparked controversy among the opposition, which has the most votes in parliament, » said Jamal

There were voices within the opposition who wanted to negotiate with the government to resolve urgent issues regarding full or special amnesty [illegal for expatriates in the country and for some political figures and activists], civil liberties and repeal of laws as well as issues of nationality and sovereignty, he explained

« We can call it a smaller, less radical opposition formation that wants to bring thorny files into the circle of dialogue, » said Jamal

The resignations will interfere with the operations and state government projects, which will be reflected in the economy and in the morale of the citizens and society, he said

« Regionally, Kuwait must strengthen its internal front as there are popular demands to restore Kuwait to its former strength and efficiency, » he said

Kuwait lagged behind other Gulf states in terms of economy, development and more that it was ahead of in the past, Jamal noted

« These are important issues that need to be addressed, but in different circumstances and not in the current fragile environment, » he said, adding that the opposition, popular and political forces called for the resolution of fundamental problems and initiation of development projects

« The [political] waters in Kuwait that have been stagnant for more than three decades have to move, » said Jamal

Dr Ayed al-Manaa, a Kuwaiti academic and political researcher, told The Media Line that the resignations were due to an interpellation or submission of questions put to the Prime Minister by three MPs, the first of which was about forming a government and the Failure to take into account the outcome of the electoral process, “and thus spawned a government incompatible with the situation”

The second question arose with the Prime Minister’s interference in the parliamentary elections on Jan. Doing December and tilting the scales so that Marzouq Al-Ghanim was later re-elected as spokesman for the National Assembly over his opponent Badr Al-Hamidi, Manaa continued

« I think this [the vote for the speaker] is at the heart of the problem [between the Prime Minister and the legislature], » he added

The third question concerned the violation of the government against the constitution by not presented its program to the National Assembly for discussion, he said

“After these questions were asked, 38 MPs signed a letter of non-cooperation in advance before hearing the debate [on the matter] I mean, an overwhelming majority was against the prime minister, ”said Manaa. The prime minister and his cabinet had resigned instead of being questioned

« Now there will be a [caretaker] government that takes care of urgent matters, and it is up to the Emir if he asks the prime minister to form a new government and to replace some ministers or appoint another person from the ruling [Al-Sabah] family to form a government; or dissolve parliament and call new elections, ”he said

The government crisis would disrupt development projects and cripple politics and public services in the country, said Manaa

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