Kuwait Amir accepts post-election government resignation
December 06 2020 02:32 PM
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Kuwaiti candidate and former parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanem celebrates with his supporters fol
Kuwaiti candidate and former parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanem celebrates with his supporters following the announcement of his victory in parliamentary election in Kuwait city. AFP

Agencies/Kuwait City

Kuwait's prime minister submitted his government's resignation on Sunday in a routine procedure after parliamentary elections that took place on Saturday, state news agency KUNA said.
Kuwait's Amir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmed al-Sabah accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah and asked the cabinet to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is appointed.
The opposition took nearly half of parliament's seats in the legislative polls taken place on Saturday. 
Twenty-four of the National Assembly's 50 seats were won by candidates belonging to or leaning towards the opposition, up from 16 in the last parliament, according to results announced on Sunday by the electoral commission on state TV.
The election, which takes place every four years, was overshadowed by Covid-19 and a consequent paring back of campaigns.
Five polling stations -- one in each electoral district -- were designated for those infected with coronavirus.
Thirty-one new faces will enter the new parliament, results showed.

Last updated: December 06 2020 02:35 PM


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