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Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah accepted the resignation of the government on Sunday after the country's parliamentary elections, in which opposition candidates made significant gains, state news agency KUNA reported.

Al-Sabah, who has assumed most of the duties of the ruling emir, asked the outgoing government, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah, to remain as an interim until a new cabinet is formed.

Kuwait held early elections Sept. 29 after Sheikh Meshal dissolved parliament in an attempt to end a political standoff between the government and the legislature that had obstructed budget reforms.

The country, which bans political parties, has one of the most open political systems in the Persian Gulf, although the Emir has the final say in public affairs.

The Crown Prince appointed Sheikh Ahmad as prime minister in July, when opposition lawmakers demanded the appointment of a new prime minister and the resignation of the speaker of parliament, who refused to run in the September elections.

Deadlocks between the government and Kuwait's parliament for decades have often led to cabinet reshuffles and the dissolution of the legislature, hampering investment and reforms.

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