Kuwait government resigns

March 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

KUWAIT CITY, March 31 (UPI) -- The entire Kuwait Cabinet resigned Thursday, placing the government in the hands of Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

The resignations were reported by the government news agency, KUNA. Ministers held a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

Kuwait, like many other Middle Eastern countries, has had recent mass protests. In Kuwait, many of the demonstrators were longtime residents who have not been allowed to become citizens.

"The Cabinet has decided to tender resignation to HH the Emir so that he, thanks to his well-known wisdom, can do whatever he sees suitable to public interest and the coming stage," Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Roudhan al-Roudhan said.

Jassem al-Kharafi, speaker of the National Assembly, told KUNA the emir has the right to pick his own prime minister.

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