Kuwait's cabinet has resigned after parliament filed petitions to question three senior ministers who are part of the country's ruling al-Sabah family.
The state-run news agency says the cabinet members Thursday decided to tender their resignations to ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
The French News Agency (AFP) says parliament had been seeking to question the three ministers about corruption allegations and an alleged failure to perform their duties.
Syrian offical media quotes a state minister who says the decision followed "recent local developments" and their "relative negative aftershocks" on Kuwait's national unity and security.
The resignations come at a time when an opposition campaign is under way for the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah, a nephew of the emir.
In December, opposition lawmakers filed a motion of "non-cooperation" against the prime minister. They allege he violated the constitution and suppressed freedoms in attempts to curb opposition.
In January, he narrowly survived a non-confidence vote in parliament.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.