Kuwaiti Cabinet resigns, parliament dissolves

KUWAIT CITY (AP) " Kuwait's Cabinet has resigned and its parliament has been dissolved over a "lack of cooperation," setting the stage for early elections.

Kuwait's state-run television and news agency made the announcement Sunday after an emergency government meeting.

Kuwait, a major oil producer and a stalwart U.S. ally, held its last parliamentary election in 2013. In that race for the 50-seat legislative body, some Islamist groups and opposition boycotted the vote.

Ahead of the 2013 poll, Kuwait still faced lingering unrest from the Arab Spring and voted in a largely pro-government group of lawmakers.

In this coming election, Kuwait faces the squeeze of low global oil prices. Government-subsidized gasoline prices have been raised and other benefits have been cut, leading to growing dissent.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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