Kuwaiti emir to dissolve parliament
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 28 (AFP) — Kuwait's ruler will chair an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Monday amid strong indications he will accept the resignation of the government and dissolve parliament, local media reported.
The reports come amid plans by the opposition to stage a mass rally Monday night to press for the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family.
Pro-government Al-Seyassah daily cited State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Ali al-Rashed as confirming that Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah will chair an extraordinary meeting for the cabinet later in the day.
The daily and several other local media cited unnamed informed sources as saying the emir will accept the resignation of the cabinet and then dissolve parliament and call for snap polls, the fourth in just over five years.
Opposition supporters Sunday night camped outside the palace of justice in the capital Kuwait City for the fifth night in a row as a show of solidarity with 24 activists arrested for storming parliament on November 16.
The latest developments appear to have been triggered by the reported resignation of three ministers of the 16-member cabinet of the oil-rich Gulf state in protest over the strained political situation.