Kuwait braces for new government resignation post parliament grilling

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad AlSabah tendered Thursday the government resignation to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah after the last parliamentary action, which saw 10 MPs submitting a vote of no confidence against Minister of Public Work and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Dr. Jenan Ramadan. Pending approval, the government will continue its duties until a new government is formed.

The resignation came after the latest round of parliamentary interpellation, which saw MP Omar AlTabtabai grilling Minister Dr. Ramadan over what he preserved as incompetence in attending to her duties. Ten MPs also submitted a vote of no-confidence against the minister after the grilling session. The grilling was preceded by a resignation by Minister of Finance Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf who was replaced by acting Minister of Finance Mariam Al-Aqeel, also the Minister of State for Economic Affairs. The following is a chronology of resignations submitted by the Kuwaiti cabinet after MPs filed nonconfidence motions against the Premier or Ministers:

  • In January 2001, the cabinet of Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem AlSabah resigned two days after MP Hussein Al-Qallaf requested the interpellation of Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr. Saad Al-Hashel.
  • In March 2007, His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah submitted the resignation of his cabinet, a day before a no-confidence session that followed interpellation of Minister of Health Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah.
  • In November 2008, His Highness the Premier Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s cabinet resigned after three MPs filed a grilling motion against the Prime Minister. An Amiri decree was issued on December 14, 2008 accepting the resignation.
  • The government, led by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad AlSabah, resigned in March, 2009, two weeks after three grilling motions filed by MPs against the Premier.
  • Two days after the resignation was accepted, an Amiri Decree dissolved the National Assembly, constitutionally.
  • In March 2011, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s cabinet resigned following grilling motions filed against Minister of Housing and Development Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad, Minister of Oil and Minister of Information Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Al-Sabah.
  • In November 2011, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah submitted the resignation of his cabinet, less than two weeks after three MPs filed an interpellation against the Premier. Few days later, an Amiri decree dissolved the National Assembly, constitutionally.
  • In October of 2017, the cabinet of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad AlSabah tendered its resignation after 10 MPs submitted a vote of no-confidence was filed against Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah.