KUWAIT May 15 Some members of Kuwait's cabinet
have offered to resign, state news agency KUNA reported, citing
the speaker of parliament.
Kuwait's elected parliament has been caught in a
long-running power struggle with the appointed government, in
which ruling family members hold some top posts. The political
row has delayed reforms and investment in Kuwait, a major oil
Speaking after the cabinet failed to turn up to a
parliamentary session on Tuesday, Speaker Ali al-Rashed said the
reason for the no show was "resignations tendered by the
ministers", KUNA reported.
It was unclear which ministers Rashed was referring to, but
earlier this week lawmakers filed a request to interrogate Oil
Minister Hani Hussein and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad
Kuwait, a U.S. ally, held elections in December, the fifth
in six years, which brought in lawmakers initially seen as more
cooperative with the government. However, in recent weeks
tensions have risen between the assembly and cabinet.
Any resignations would need to be approved by the country's
ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to take effect.
(Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by William Maclean and