Kuwaiti MPs in new battle cry as no-cooperation motion doomed to fail

January 4, 2011

Opposition Kuwaiti lawmakers are re-focusing public attention on the deputy head of the National Guard after their drive to bring down the government seemed doomed to fail.

Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah is facing a no-cooperation vote this Wednesday after 10 opposition MPs filed the motion following a day-long grilling of the prime minister.

Shaikh Nasser was quizzed over clashes between anti-riot forces and people attending a rally to discuss the lifting of a lawmaker’s parliamentary immunity and possible constitutional amendments.

However, with the opposition reportedly unable to garner the 26 votes it needs to push for the change of the government or the dissolution of the parliament on January 5, some MPs want to take the battle to a new field.

MP Muslim Al Barrak on Monday asked Shaikh Mishal Al Ahmad, the deputy head of the National Guard, if he had given the order to charge the people at the rally on December 8.

“I asked the prime minister three times during the grilling if the order to beat people up was from the Emir, but he did not answer me,” Al Barrak said, quoted by Al Aan news portal.

“Of course, we will not believe that the Emir gave the order. Now, there is a rumour that Shaikh Mishal Al Ahmad is behind the attack. I wish that Shaikh Mishal would clear his name of this charge,” the lawmaker said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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