Kuwait's ruler has issued a decree to form a new Cabinet, a move toward calling an election.
The step by the emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, follows charges of corruption that have shaken the government.
The ruler issued the decree late Tuesday, a day before the Cabinet is set to be sworn in.
Ghanim Al-Najjar, a Kuwait University political science professor, said the first job of the new Cabinet would be to issue a motion of non-cooperation with the parliament. After that, an election could be called.
Elections must be held within 60 days. That could complicate plans by the Pentagon to station thousands more U.S. soldiers in Kuwait as part of troop shifts around the region after the withdrawal from Iraq at the end of the month.