Kuwaiti lawmakers say the country's Cabinet has resigned in protest of an attempt by parliament to question the prime minister about a visit by an Iranian cleric.

Lawmakers say the move signals an increased possibility that parliament could soon be dissolved.

The Cabinet ministers walked out of parliament earlier Tuesday as the house was due to set a date to question the premier.

Three Islamist lawmakers have accused Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser, a member of the royal family, of corruption and of allowing a prominent Iranian Shiite cleric to enter Kuwait despite a legal ban.

Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah dissolved the previous parliament in March and called new elections after a stand-off between lawmakers and the Cabinet.

Kuwait's parliament has 50 elected members and 15 Cabinet ministers appointed by the emir.

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