So much for a new era. Kuwait’s cabinet resigned en masse on 12 January less than one month after its formation on 14 December (MEES, 24 December 2020). The resignation came days after MPs in the newly elected parliament (MEES, 11 December 2020) filed to question Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah over his appointments to the cabinet.

This is the first such resignation since Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah took office in September (MEES, 2 October 2020) – but it is unlikely to be the last. Kuwait’s politics is turbulent at the best of times. “Irrespective of who is in government and parliament, the system is broken,” Ali al-Salim of Gulf-focused investment managers Arkan Partners told MEES shortly after the government formation. (CONTINUED - 193 WORDS)