Kuwait held early elections on September 29 after the crown prince, who has taken over most of the emir's duties, dissolved parliament in a bid to end a stand-off.

Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al Sabah was first named prime minister in July after some opposition MPs staged an open-ended sit-in to press for a new premier.
Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al Sabah was first named prime minister in July after some opposition MPs staged an open-ended sit-in to press for a new premier. (AP Archive)

Kuwait's crown prince reappointed Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al Sabah, the ruling emir's son, as prime minister after the government's resignation following legislative polls in the Gulf state, where a domestic political feud has stalled reforms.

A decree issued by Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al Ahmad al Sabah instructed Sheikh Ahmad to nominate a cabinet for approval, state news agency KUNA reported on Wednesday, following the elections in which opposition members made big gains.

Kuwait, an OPEC oil producer, held early elections on September 29 after the crown prince, who has taken over most of the emir's duties, dissolved parliament in a bid to end the stand-off.

The opposition lawmakers secured nearly 60 percent of seats in the 50-seat National Assembly, according to official results.

On Sunday, the crown prince accepted the resignation of the government led by Sheikh Ahmad after two months of its formation.

Sheikh Ahmad was first named prime minister in July after some opposition MPs staged an open-ended sit-in to press for a new premier. 

He replaced Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, who resigned in April ahead of a non-cooperation motion in parliament against him.

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Reforms

While Kuwait's leadership, following opposition demands, has moved to clamp down on perceived corruption, restructure some key institutions and grant amnesty to dissidents, key reform proposals such as a public debt law remain stalled. 

The dissolved parliament had yet to approve the state budget for the fiscal year that started in April 2022. 

The outgoing finance minister had said the government would continue to work according to the 2021/2022 budget and that the next one needed to be approved before November.

The 2022/2023 budget draft has set spending at 23.65 billion dinars ($77.24 billion) compared with 23.48 billion in the previous budget.

Kuwait bans political parties but has given its legislature more influence than similar bodies in other Gulf monarchies, and political stability in the US-allied country has traditionally hinged on cooperation between the government and parliament. 

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Source: Reuters