10 oppn MPs file motion to oust Kuwaiti premier

10 oppn MPs file motion to oust Kuwaiti premier

Ten Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers on Tuesday filed a motion of ‘non-cooperation’ with the prime minister in a bid to oust him from office, Islamist MP Faisal Al Muslim told reporters.

By (AFP)

Published: Wed 29 Dec 2010, 12:50 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:11 AM

The motion was filed following a marathon eight-hour questioning of Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah over allegations of breaching the constitution and suppressing freedoms.

The grilling was held behind closed doors on a request by the government which was approved by the 50-seat parliament. Voting on the motion will take place on January 5, parliament speaker Jassem Al Khorafi announced after the session.

To pass, the motion requires the support of 25 elected MPs as cabinet ministers are banned from voting on such issues.

If passed, it will be referred to the Amir who will either sack the prime minister or dissolve parliament and call for fresh elections.

The request to quiz the premier was filed by MPs Mussallam Al Barrak, Jamaan Al Harbash and Saleh Al Mulla, who represent opposition liberal, Islamist and nationalist groups and are backed by at least 17 other deputies. The move came after elite Kuwaiti forces used batons to beat up MPs and citizens at a public rally on December 8, injuring at least four MPs and a dozen people.

Opposition MPs also claim the government was plotting to amend the constitution to cut on public freedoms.

The session was held amid heightened security measures as hundreds of police and special forces controlled all roads leading to the parliament building in Kuwait City.

Opposition MPs strongly protested, saying such measures violated the constitution which forbids any forces from coming close to parliament without the speaker’s permission. —

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