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Kuwait's Emir to Return Home to Political Crisis


Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah returns home Tuesday to a new political crisis, triggered by the resignation of the entire Cabinet on Monday.

Under Kuwait's constitution, the emir - who has the last say in politics - faces two choices. He can either accept the resignation and ask the current or a new prime minister to form a new Cabinet. Or, he can dissolve parliament and call new elections within two months.

The current Cabinet has been in place less than a year.

Deputies had been due to vote on a new law Tuesday - opposed by the government -- to raise salaries of Kuwaitis by roughly $200 a month. But parliamentary speaker Jasim al-Kharafi called off the session after pro-government ministers said they would not attend.

Kuwait's government has been locked in a political battle with parliament, paralyzing political life in the Gulf Arab country for much of the past year.

The Emir is due back in Kuwait late Tuesday after a private trip abroad that he was forced to cut short because of the crisis.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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