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Kuwaiti government resigns again

Kuwaiti ministers
Critics say reshuffles are used to prevent questioning of the executive

The resignation of Kuwait's government has been accepted by the ruling emir, according to state television.

Critics of the government say the move is designed to avert questioning of the prime minister in parliament about alleged misuse of funds.

It is the second resignation of the cabinet in six months.

Ruler Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has asked the government to continue dealing with urgent matters, state television reported.

The government's critics want to question Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah, a nephew of the emir, over his role in a range of issues, including claims that he mismanaged ministries and misused public money.

Sheikh Nasser has been under constant political pressure ever since he became prime minister in February, 2006.

He has been forced to resign four times and reshuffle his cabinets on two other occasions.

The most recent of his five cabinets was appointed in January.

No prime minister in the Gulf state has ever allowed themselves to be questioned.

Under Kuwaiti law, the emir had the power to accept or reject the resignation.

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