The differences between the cabinet and the parliament are sharp
The emir’s move comes amid a long-running rift between the rulers and parliament. He instructed Crown Prince and Deputy Emir Sheikh Mish’al al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to speak to the nation about the decisions being taken in relation to the country’s political uncertainty. The Crown Prince addressed the nation on television. The Crown Prince said that the decision of the Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Assembly to dissolve the National Assembly and contest the elections came in the wake of the failure of attempts to resolve the differences between the parliament and the government through negotiations.
The decision is in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution
He said in the face of such a political crisis, the parliament would be dissolved and elections would be held as a constitutional measure. The move is aimed at the sustainability and progress of the country. He said an order in this regard would be issued in the coming months. The right representatives in parliament must be elected to bring Kuwait back to the right path of democracy. He added that they were reaching out to the people to break out of the current political instability, put an end to mutual conflicts and end the current trend of prioritizing personal interests.
He is currently the caretaker Prime Minister of Kuwait
The Kuwaiti cabinet resigned two months ago following differences with parliament. The move comes ahead of a no-confidence motion against Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid, who has been prime minister since 2019. As a result, the country now has an interim cabinet headed by an interim prime minister. The emir’s decision to dissolve parliament comes as MPs continue to protest in parliament demanding the announcement of a new prime minister. The last general election in the country was held in November 2020. Since then, the cabinet has had to resign three times. The National Dialogue was held at the behest of the Emir to improve relations between Parliament and the Government. But even so, the problems could not be solved.
More powers to Parliament
Although there are no political parties in Kuwait, the popularly elected parliament has greater powers than any other Gulf country. Parliament has the power to make laws, to repeal laws, to question ministers, and to pass no-confidence motions. The country has been in a state of political crisis for years, with rivalries between parliament and government. With the aim of ending this, the Emir is dissolving Parliament and moving towards new elections.