Kuwaiti parliament dissolved

March 19th, 2009 - 1:09 am ICT by IANS  

Kuwait City, March 18 (DPA) Kuwait’s Emir has dissolved the parliament following the resignation of the cabinet and interim prime minister, the Dubai-based satellite network al-Arabiya reported Wednesday.
Al-Arabiya said Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah had dissolved the parliament Wednesday after the cabinet and prime minister resigned Monday.

But National Assembly Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi Wednesday said he had not been notified of the decision, Kuwait’s official KUNA news agency reported.

“Share my optimism with me,” he told reporters when asked if he expected parliament to be dissolved according to constitutional or unconstitutional measures.

Kuwaiti newspapers Wednesday reported that unnamed “senior officials” expected the Emir to dissolve the parliament.

The Kuwaiti government resigned after opposition politicians submitted questions to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah, the Emir’s nephew, accusing him of misusing government funds, mismanaging the economy, and breaching the country’s constitution.

Opposition lawmakers have repeatedly called on the Emir to replace Sheikh Nasser since he first became prime minister in 2006. They have forced him to resign five times and to form a new government twice, most recently in January.

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