December 6th, 2011
10:15 AM ET

Kuwait's emir dissolves parliament

Kuwait's emir ordered the country's National Assembly dissolved Tuesday, state media reported.

"Due to the deteriorating conditions that ... threatened the country's higher interests, it became necessary to resort to the people to select their representatives, overcome existing obstacles and realize national interests," Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said, according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

The decision came after a presentation by Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sahah, the agency reported. It was unclear whether al-Sabah requested the move.

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November 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Kuwait leader accepts resignations of cabinet, prime minister

[Updated at 10:23 a.m.] The Emir of Kuwait has accepted the resignation of the cabinet and the prime minister and asked them to stay as a caretaker government until a new government is formed, the state-run news agency KUNA said Monday.

The decision comes less than two weeks after anti-corruption protesters forced their way inside Parliament in Kuwait City, pushing for the prime minister's ouster.

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah has had six previous governments brought down by opposition elements over the years. The new wave of protests pushed not just for the downfall of his government but for the prime minister himself to step down.

Many protests chanted that they want to "overthrow" him, using iconic slogans of the Arab Spring."

While Kuwait's leaders worked to quell the protests, opposition leaders vowed their efforts would escalate.

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