Three Kuwaiti lawmakers lodge grilling motion against PM
Three lawmakers in Kuwait's parliament on Monday lodged a request to grill the Gulf emirate's prime minister over a recent police crackdown on opposition rally, Xinhua reported.
Parliament Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi said lawmakers Musallam Al- Barrak, Jamaan Al-Harbash and Saleh Al-Mulla want to interpellate Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah over "breaching the constitution and undermining public freedoms."
Al-Kharafi told the press the grilling would take place on the session on December 28.
More than 10 participants, including four lawmakers, were injured on Wednesday night when police special forces broke up an opposition public gathering.
Kuwait has banned public rallies or seminars in recent years to smother any possibility of chaos. But breaking up an outdoor gathering was rare. The incident stirred up turmoil in the fragile relations between the government and the parliament.
Oil-rich Kuwait is the first Gulf Arab state to adopt a constitution in 1962 and an elected parliament was born the following year. The outspoken 50-member parliament was bestowed the right to question ministers or vote them out of office.
Since 2006, parliament has been dissolved three times due to various disputes with the government.
Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser survived a non-cooperation motion last December, which if had passed, could unseat him.
The political chaos in the emirate that sits atop ten percent of the world's proven oil reserves have quagmired major economic reforms.