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KUWAIT, July 1 Kuwait's head of state has
accepted the resignation of the government, state news agency
KUNA said on Sunday, in a move that could help ease a political
crisis after a court ruling effectively dissolved parliament.
The Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, will now appoint a
new cabinet, after which analysts expect a reinstated assembly
to be dissolved so that a new parliamentary election can be
held, probably after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which
starts around July 19.
The court's ruling had effectively dissolved a parliament
dominated by opposition Islamists and reinstated its more
Critics said the move was against the constitution.
"An Emiri decree was issued, accepting the resignation of
(the government of) Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak
al-Sabah," KUNA said.
Until a new government line-up is agreed, the outgoing
cabinet will serve as caretaker, it added.
Kuwait, a major oil producer, has seen eight governments
come and go in just six years which hindered economic reforms.
Kuwait has long prided itself on having a fully elected
parliament with legislative power and lively debate - unique in
a region ruled by autocrats who tolerate little dissent - but
the ruling al-Sabah family maintains a firm grip on state
Key cabinet posts are held by al Sabah family members and
the 83-year-old emir, who has the last say in politics, reserves
the right to dissolve parliament at will.
(Reporting by Mahmoud Habboush; writing by Isabel Coles,
editing by Diana Abdallah)