Kuwait parliament defers premier’s grilling

May 31, 2011

Kuwait’s parliament on Tuesday agreed to defer discussing the grilling of Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad to the next session to be held in two weeks. The parliament’s decision was based upon the prime minister’s request.

“The lawmakers accepted the request under the bylaws of the parliament,” Speaker Jasem Al Khorafi said.

Three opposition MPs in May filed a motion to grill the premier over a perceived favourable bias towards Iran that allegedly harmed Kuwait’s relations with the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The parliament also agreed to refer to the legislative and legal affairs commission the grilling motion against Shaikh Ahmad Fahd Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the deputy prime minister, also upon his request.

The request was endorsed by 35 MPs and opposed by 27 lawmakers. One MP did not vote.

Shaikh Ahmad, also the Minister of State for Housing Affairs and Minister of State for Development Affairs, based his request on the parliament’s bylaws that stipulate that an executive who faced quizzing could request a delay of two weeks, or longer, but needed the approval of the majority of the MPs.

MPs Adel Al Saraawi and Marzouk Al Ganem, of the National Action Bloc, filed the grilling motion, arguing financial and administrative irregularities.

The commission should submit its report within two weeks.




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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • Bahrain Television News
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