The Kuwaiti government spokesman announced that members of the government submitted their resignations today, Tuesday, to Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and put them at his disposal.
Spokesman Tariq Al-Muzrim said – in a tweet on Twitter – that the prime minister received “today at Seif Palace His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah and their Excellencies the ministers, where he raised to His Highness the resignation of all members of the government, placing it at the disposal of His Highness.”
And according to the official news agency (KUNA), this step came “in light of the current developments in the relationship between the National Assembly and the government, and what is required by the national interest.”
His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers today received at Seif Palace His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah and their Excellencies the ministers, where he raised to His Highness the resignation of each of the members of the government, placing them at his disposal#CGCKuwait pic.twitter.com/Q56qPgkZqq
– Government Communication Center (@CGCKuwait) January 12, 2021
This comes after 3 parliamentarians – who were elected last December, and whose formation was dominated by opposition deputies – submitted a request to question the prime minister on the fifth of January.
The interrogation submitted by MPs Badr Al-Dhahoum, Thamer Al-Dhafiri, and Khaled Al-Otaibi received the support of 34 other MPs, who declared their intention to support the interrogation, which means that at least 37 out of 50 deputies support the questioning of the prime minister.
The director of the Al-Jazeera office in Kuwait, Saad Al-Saeedi, said that the government is not considered resigned yet, because its president has not submitted his resignation.
He explained that the expected next step is for the prime minister and members of the government to submit his resignation to the Emir of the country, and that may be tomorrow, Wednesday, or early next week, as this procedure will take place before the 19 of this month, in order to avoid the constitutional entitlement that requires the prime minister to rise to the parliament platform to refute Elements of the interrogation submitted against him.
He indicated that this would be the second shortest-lived government in the history of Kuwait if it submitted its resignation tomorrow.