Kuwait nearly doubles price of more environmentally-friendly, low-emission petrol
The Kuwaiti government said it will raise petrol prices by more than 80 percent, in the latests economic reform aimed at coping with falling oil revenues.
From 1 September the price of low octane petrol will rise by 41 percent to 28 US cents a litre. High-grade petrol will increase by 61 percent to 35 cents, the government said in a statement.
Kuwait also announced that the price of environmentally-friendly low-emission "ultra" petrol will rise by 83 percent to 55 cents a litre.
These are the first increases in heavily-subsidised petrol prices in the OPEC member for almost two decades.
The oil-rich Gulf state liberalised the prices of diesel and kerosene in January 2015 and revises their prices monthly.
Kuwait is the last country among the energy-rich Gulf Cooperation Council states to increase the price of petrol.
Other GCC members - Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - have either completely liberalised fuel prices or raised them substantially because of the sharp fall in oil income since mid-2014.
The Kuwaiti cabinet said a government committee will revise the new petrol prices every three months depending on international oil prices.
In April, parliament approved a government-sponsored bill to raise electricity and water prices paid by foreign residents and businesses, but exempted citizens.
This increase - the first in almost 50 years - will take effect from September next year.
Kuwait has posted a budget deficit of $18.3 billion in the past fiscal year, according to provisional figures, following 16 years of windfall due to high oil prices.
It is projecting a deficit of $29 billion in the current 2016/2017 fiscal year.
The emirate is home to 1.3 million native citizens and around three million foreigners.