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Kuwait cabinet could resign - MP, TVs

Kuwait's cabinet is expected to resign on Monday to end a protracted standoff with parliament that has paralysed politics and delayed key legislation in the Gulf Arab oil exporter, a deputy and Al Arabiya television said.

world Updated: Mar 16, 2009 15:22 IST

Kuwait's cabinet is expected to resign on Monday to end a protracted standoff with parliament that has paralysed politics and delayed key legislation in the Gulf Arab oil exporter, a deputy and Al Arabiya television said.

"I expect they are going to do it," the parliament member told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Al Arabiya also said that there were "reports" of a cabinet resignation while private Kuwaiti channel Al Rai said the cabinet, which was due to meet on Monday, had sent a so-called letter of "non-cooperation" to Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

In such a case, the ruler, who has the last say in politics, can either accept the letter and appoint a new prime minister to form a new cabinet or dissolve parliament.

There was no immediate official confirmation by the government.

Earlier this month several lawmakers submitted a request to question Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah, pushing to crisis point a long-running dispute between parliament and the government.

A similar move had led to the resignation of the cabinet in November but the ruler reappointed his nephew as Prime Minister.