Kuwaiti MPs file new motion to grill PM

June 26, 2011

Three Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers filed a motion to grill the prime minister.

The fresh move to quiz Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad comes on the same day the parliament rejected by 25 to 18 votes and six abstentions a no-cooperation motion filed by ten MPs against the prime minister over a perceived favourable bias towards Iran at the expense of relations with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.

In the latest motion, MPs Mislem Al Barrak, Faysal Al Musallam and Khalid Al Tahoos said that their quizzing would focus on alleged irregularities related to the budget, a hospital and a company and a case of rotten food.

Bloggers blast the move

In their reactions to the news, several bloggers blasted the grilling move, insisting that it was stalling the country and freezing genuine action.

“I am amazed by these MPs,” Bu Hamad wrote on Al Aan news portal. “If you do not like the prime minister and if you are not willing to work with him, you should leave. There is no reason for your staying. You have stalled the country and harmed people’s interests,” he wrote.

A blogger signing as “Enough” said that some people are looking for personal glory at the expense of their nation.

“They just want to appear as national heroes at the expense of Kuwait’s stability. You have slaughtered us with your crises. Please allow Kuwaitis to breathe. Please allow Kuwaiti to take in fresh air that is not polluted by sectarianism, tribalism or self-serving interests,” Enough wrote.

Kuwait PM eases past no-cooperation motion

Manama: Kuwait’s Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammad on Thursday eased the past no-cooperation motion filed by ten opposition lawmakers last week.

The motion was rejected by 25 of the 49 MPs eligible to vote, depriving it of the 25 votes it needed to pass.

Only 18 MPs endorsed the motion while six lawmakers abstained from voting.

The no-confidence motion was filed following a lengthy grilling of the prime minister over perceived bias in favour of Iran and against Kuwait’s interests with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.

The voting session was held behind closed doors upon a request from the government, and only 23 lawmakers had pressed for a public debate.

The voting occurred after two MPs supporting the motion and two other lawmakers opposing it were given the floor to present their arguments, parliament speaker Jassem Al Khorafi said.

“The outcome of the votes means that the parliament reiterates its confidence in HH the prime minister and confirms its cooperation with him,” he said. “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate him,” he said as he chaired the special session.

Three of the four women lawmakers who made history by becoming the first women to win in parliamentary elections in Kuwait supported the prime minister, while Aseel Awadhi, abstained.




About the author

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

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