Kuwait’s Central Bank Governor Resigns

Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz al-Sabah blamed a rise in public spending for his decision.

Kuwait’s Central Bank Governor Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz al-Sabah resigned on Monday, saying increased public spending inhibits the bank’s ability to do its job, state news agency KUNA said.

Kuwait’s top policymakers, including Sheikh Salem, had called on the government last summer to correct imbalances in the oil-reliant economy and trim budget waste.

Shortly after, the government announced certain public sector wage hikes.

“The challenges facing the local economy amid an increase in public spending to very high levels will hinder the central bank from taking responsibilities in the future to achieve its objectives as defined by the law,” KUNA said in a statement quoting Sheikh Salem on Monday.