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Kuwait PM resigns after opposition election surge

Last Updated: Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 20:38

Kuwait City: Kuwait`s caretaker prime minister
has stepped down to clear the way for a new government after
parliamentary elections dominated by hard-line Islamists and
other opposition groups.

The official Kuwait News Agency says the Gulf nation`s
emir accepted the resignation Sunday of Sheik Jaber Al Hamad
Al Sabah, a former defense chief who was appointed in November
amid intense political turmoil that forced elections.

The emir will appoint the new government, and is expected
to keep key posts in the hands of the ruling family. But
Western-allied leaders also will face pressure to give a
stronger role for opposition forces.

Islamists and conservative tribal allies took the
majority of seats in Kuwait`s 50-member parliament in
Thursday`s voting.


First Published: Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 20:38

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