Kuwait’s new emir asks PM to prepare for election

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Kuwait

Kuwait’s new emir has asked the Gulf state’s cabinet to carry on its duties and prepare for parliamentary elections due this year after the prime minister handed in his government’s resignation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah met Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who assumed power last Wednesday, and as per the country’s constitution “submitted his resignation and that of his government to ensure ministerial responsibilities are held by those who enjoy the emir’s confidence,” KUNA said.
It said Sheikh Nawaf expressed his full confidence in the current cabinet, which was formed last December. Sheikh Nawaf, 83, took the helm of the state following the death of his brother Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed last Tuesday, aged 91. —KUNA