The new government takes constitutional oath in Kuwait


Published: 2021-03-03 15:21

Last Updated: 2021-04-11 12:34

Source: Archyde
Source: Archyde

Wednesday, a new Kuwaiti government took the constitutional oath before the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, after the previous government resigned in the wake of a crisis with the National Assembly.

The Emir of Kuwait assigned the resigned Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah the task of forming a new government after his government submitted its resignation last January. 

The agency quoted Sheikh Nawwaf as saying, "You have great responsibilities, especially at this important stage."

He added, "I am sure that you will be able to confront it and move towards collective action in the spirit of one team to advance the march of national action towards reform and development."

Jan. 13, the Kuwaiti prime minister formally submitted the resignation of his government to the Emir of the country, a month after its formation.

The resignation came after a crisis between the government and the Kuwaiti National Assembly.

Officials accuse the prime minister of "violating the provisions of the constitution when forming the government, failing to take into account the elements and trends of the parliament and the dominance and bias of the executive authority in the National Assembly elections, in addition to the government's failure to present its work program immediately after its formation in accordance with Article 98 of the constitution."

The Kuwaiti opposition strengthened its position in the legislative elections that took place Dec. 5, with 24 representatives winning seats in the National Assembly.

Unlike other countries in the region, Kuwait enjoys an active political life, and its parliament, whose members are elected for a four-year term, has broad legislative powers and often witnesses intense debate.

In recent years, Kuwaitis have expressed their desire for reform and change in their country, where expatriates make up 70 percent of the population.

Kuwait was the first Arab Gulf state to adopt a parliamentary system in 1962. It granted women the right to vote and run for elections in 2005.

Between mid-2006 and 2013, and especially after the Arab Spring in 2011, the country witnessed the resignation of ten governments.