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Hundreds of Kuwaitis demonstrate for PM resignation

Arab World Materials 21 May 2011 08:17
Hundreds of Kuwaitis gathered in front of the country's parliament seat Friday evening to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al- Sabah, whose seventh cabinet took oath in less than two weeks, Xinhua reported.
Hundreds of Kuwaitis demonstrate for PM resignation

Hundreds of Kuwaitis gathered in front of the country's parliament seat Friday evening to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, whose seventh cabinet took oath in less than two weeks, Xinhua reported.

"We want the government to be down," a demonstrator spoke on condition of anonymity as police special forces were on high alert nearby.

"We started from two hundred (protestors), now there may be eight hundred or one thousand. The protestors are cocktail (not from any specific group) and we planned another (demonstration) next Friday," he added.

Police blocked all the roads leading to the parliament to divert potential demonstrators to join in the peaceful gathering.

Sheikh Nasser, 71, led his seventh cabinet to swear in on May 8 after the former one resigned late March to avoid three ministers being grilled in the parliament.

But the opposition said they were not satisfied with new cabinet lineup as no significant change was made.

Two lawmakers submitted a grilling motion against Sheikh Nasser over financial irregularities last Tuesday, the day the new cabinet made their debut in the parliament.

The emirate's parliament later postponed the grilling for a full year as requested by the government to soothe the tensions between the executive and legislative arms.

Sheikh Nasser had survived twice non-cooperation vote against him in the past five years from opposition lawmakers. In December 2009, he became the first prime minister in Kuwait's history to face a non-confidence vote.

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