Kuwait rejects opposition’s threat to take to the street

January 4, 2011

Kuwait on Tuesday rejected a threat by opposition lawmakers to take to the street after the parliament votes on a no-cooperation motion against the prime minister.

The vote on Wednesday was decided after 10 of the parliament’s 50 members filed the motion following an 11-hour grilling of Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad over clashes between anti-right police and people at a rally in Kuwait City on December 8.

The opposition needs 26 votes to carry the motion, but has secured only 22, according to the latest counts by both camps.

However, with the initial move against the prime minister seemingly doomed to fail, MP Muslim Al Barrak said that the opposition was eyeing other options to bring down the government, including resorting to street pressure tactics.

“Whoever has an opinion should use the parliament, and not the street,” Radhwan Al Radhwan, the state minister for cabinet affairs, said on Tuesday afternoon.

“Kuwait is a country of law and institutions, and everyone should behave and act according to the law and the constitution. After the parliament reasserts its confidence in the prime minister, the lawmakers and the government should devote themselves to the nation-building process,” he said.

According to the minister, the government will continue its cooperation with the parliament and is keen on a new chapter in their relations.

“Even the opposition lawmakers have felt the danger lurking and menacing Kuwait if we chose to be divided,” he said.

Al Radhwan said that the government would request a behind-the-doors session during which the MPs would vote on the no-cooperation motion.




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