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Kuwait's Cabinet Resigns in Political Dispute

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, gives his opening speech to the third ordinary session of the 13th legislative term for the National Assembly, in Kuwait, October 26, 2010

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.

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