According to Kuwait’s state news agency, the crown prince of Kuwait accepted the government’s resignation on Sunday, following parliamentary elections in the Gulf Arab nation in which opposition candidates made considerable gains.
The Crown Prince, Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who has seized most of the emir’s responsibilities, has mandated that the leaving government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah, operate as a caretaker until a new ministry is established.
Kuwait, an OPEC oil producer, held early elections on September 29 after Sheikh Meshal dissolved parliament to break a stalemate between the administration and the legislature over fiscal measures.
The country, which outlaws political parties, has one of the more open political systems in the Persian Gulf, although the emir has the last say in all official decisions.
The crown prince appointed Sheikh Ahmad as prime minister in July after opposition lawmakers in the dissolved parliament sought a new premier and expelled the parliament speaker, who had withdrawn from the September elections.