The deadlock has blocked badly needed reforms in the tiny oil-rich Gulf Arab state. The four ministers whose selections had angered various lawmakers for less contentious, veteran politicians were swapped out by the PM Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al Hamad. To Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who ascended the throne last fall, the first challenge was presented to him. The challenge was due to the worsening rift between Kuwait’s emir-appointed government and elected parliament.
Impact of the Infighting
The impact not only has caused instability but also has diminished public confidence. Even it has hastened the country’s worst debt crisis since the 1990 Iraqi invasion. At one time, when Kuwait’s general reserve was running out of cash, the Government was prevented by the lawmakers from borrowing any money. As the tensions escalated over the appointment of the cabinets in Kuwait, in the last month Sheikh Nawaf had suspended the proceedings of the Parliament until mid-March.
Effective Moves by the Kuwait Government
Bader al- Saif, an Assistant Professor of Kuwait University said, “The appointment of a Deputy PM well-respected among the Kuwaiti opposition figures will raise hope for better cooperation between the branches.” The wealth fund of the Gulf States has a lot of cash to withdraw. For that, the Government prepared a draft last month for submitting. On Wednesday, Sheikh Nawaf urged unity to confront the mounting crisis.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- Among the Gulf Arab States, Kuwait has the most vibrant political system. So, the lawmakers must view well a dozen holdovers in the new Cabinet.
- A package of legislation must also be brought in to tackle the financial and administrative corruption inside or outside the government.