Kuwait speaker upset over secret session leaks

June 20, 2011

Kuwait’s parliament speaker has criticised lawmakers for leaking details of last week’s secret session to investigate the prime minister.

“What they did was unethical and clashed with the bylaws of the parliament,” JAssem Al Khorafi said. “The lack of commitment to the confidentiality of the session conflicts with the most basic principles of the parliament statute and the constitution,” he said in remarks published by Kuwaiti daily Al Wasat on Monday.

Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad was quizzed by the parliament after three opposition MPs filed a motion charging that he favoured relations with Iran at the expense of fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Following a request by the government to hold the session behind closed doors, the parliament agreed to have the media and the attendance to leave the parliament hall.

However, details of what happened and information about the various discussion points were made public, especially in social networks and e-news portals.

“The lawmakers who were at the session should have respected the view of the majority who voted to have a secret session,” Al Khorafi said. “We cannot have the constitution and the parliament bylaws depend on people’s moods,” he said.

Following the quizzing, ten MPs filed for a no-cooperation motion against the prime minister, a move that, if successful, can result in a new government or in a call for fresh elections.

Under the bylaws, 25 MPs are needed to pass the no-cooperation motion.

According to reports, the opposition will garner a maximum of 20 votes for the crucial session on June 23.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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