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Kuwait parliament dissolved over budget dispute

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Status: 02.08.2022 8:39 p.m.

Kuwait’s crown prince has dissolved parliament – the second parliamentary dissolution since 2016. The government only resigned in April. In the Arab country, the government and parliamentarians disagree.

As announced, Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmed al-Sabah has dissolved Kuwait’s parliament, the official Kuna news agency reports. The crown prince has largely taken over government duties from his half-brother, the Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad. In Kuwait’s hereditary constitutional monarchy, the Emir appoints and dismisses the government and can also dissolve parliament.

disagreement on many issues

The background to the dissolution of parliament is a months-long dispute between the government and parliament over the national budget. This should now only be adopted after the next elections. Parliament has so far rejected the draft budget. Finance Minister Abdul Wahab al-Rashi announced that he would initially work on the basis of the old budget.

Political conflicts block reforms

The government and parliament have recently clashed over a number of issues such as the fight against corruption. The government resigned in April and parliament was last dissolved in 2016.

Ongoing political conflicts in Kuwait are blocking investment and reform in the Arab country, which has also been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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