Kuwait’s PM’s reappointment will prolong tensions between government and parliament


  • Prime minister’s reappointment will prolong tensions between government and parliament risking delays to 2021-22 budget bill
  • New cabinet will be formed in coming days, though absence of pro-reform ministers ensures opposition remains unwilling to raise debt ceiling
  • Further cabinet resignations are plausible ahead of 1 April deadline to approve budget, if deadlock in parliament prevents its passage


Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah reappointed Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister on 24 January and tasked him with forming a new cabinet. The emir had earlier accepted the resignation of his government on 15 January. 

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