Kuwait's premier survives confidence vote

In the event, Sheikh Nasser won the vote 25-22, with one abstention.

Kuwait's premier survives confidence vote

Kuwait's prime minister survived a challenge in parliament on Wednesday, after being questioned about possible violations of the constitution and public freedom.

Last week, opposition lawmakers introduced a non-cooperation motion after the house questioned Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah, a nephew of the ruler, in a closed session.

Had the motion passed, it could have prompted the ruler to reshuffle the cabinet or dissolve parliament, or both.

In the event, Sheikh Nasser won the vote 25-22, with one abstention.

The motion was introduced last week by opposition MPs after the house questioned the premier over an incident in December in which police broke up an opposition gathering, wounding several people.

Pro-government lawmaker Hussein al-Qallaf resigned after the vote, according to a copy of his resignation letter posted on the website of the newspaper al-Watan.

"I see that matters will not end after the questioning of the prime minister, and the circles of impasse will not stop, and therefore my appearance as a defender for the government is not something I accept for myself," Qallaf wrote.

Sheikh Nasser is the first Kuwaiti prime minister to agree to be questioned.

Sheikh Nasser survived a similar motion against him last year.


Reuters

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