Kuwaiti government resigns after dissolution of parliament
Kuwait's prime minister, Jaber al-Mubarak, Monday offered his government's resignation to the emir of the oil-rich Arabian monarchy, the official Kuwaiti News Agency reported.
The resignation comes as the opposition discusses its response to Wednesday's ruling by the Constitutional Court dissolving parliament, dpa reported.
The court ruled that the February elections, in which the opposition won a majority, were improperly called, and said the 2009 parliament, which is dominated by loyalists of the ruling family, was still valid.
Opposition parliamentarians reacted angrily to the ruling, and were meeting later Monday to discuss a statement rejecting it on "constitutional and procedural grounds," Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas reported.
Although Kuwait holds free parliamentary elections, the government is appointed by the head of the ruling al-Sabah family, and often includes many members of the royal family as ministers. Attempts by parliament to question ministers have resulted in political crises in the past.