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article imagePolitical crisis prompts Kuwaiti cabinet resignations

By Gar Swaffar     Nov 29, 2011 in Politics
Kuwait - The Kuwaiti government is in the midst of dissolving with the resignation of all the cabinet members. The Prime Minister is under suspicion of fraud.
The government of Kuwait has collapsed at the cabinet level today with the reported resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah. The reported resignation was carried by Aljazeera and if true, will prompt elections at a time selected by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
The problems for the government of Kuwait stem from allegations by the Opposition party of corruption, fraud and taking money from public funds to be transferred to his personal accounts overseas by the Prime Minister. Sheikh Nasser, at the age of 71 is no stranger to controversy, having resigned seven times since being appointed in February 2006 by the current emir, due to turmoil in the Kuwaiti political landscape, while the parliament of Kuwait was dissolved and elections were later held to reconstitute the government three separate times.
The cabinet of the Kuwaiti government held an emergency meeting which was chaired by the emir, after which the resignations were reported to have occurred. The allegations surrounding the cabinet and parliament involve an investigation of some 15 members of parliament who are accused of accepting $350 million in bribes for votes.
Emir Sheikh al-Sabah was appointed as the emir in January of 2006 just before the emir at the time offered to abdicate the position after he had assumed the position when Sheikh Jaber al=Sabah died suddenly.
Despite the oil wealth flowing into the coffers of Kuwait, many of the developments and projects which have been proposed have been held up due to political infighting between members of parliament and the Emir and his cabinet members.
The population of Kuwait as of 2007 is 3 to 3.5 million people, of whom, the majority are expatriates from surrounding Arab nations. Excluding palestinians, when most of the 400,000 living in Kuwait were expelled after the American lead military effort liberated the country from the Iraqi invasion.
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