Kuwait’s parliament sessions suspended until government is formed

November 29, 2011

Kuwait’s parliament will not reconvene until a government is formed, its Speaker has said.

“The parliament session is adjourned due to lack of a quorum,” Jassem Al Khorafi said as he chaired the regular weekly meeting. “I will not adjourn it by half an hour as the government will not be represented. I will call for a new session of the parliament only after the government is formed as I do not want to ask lawmakers to come while there are no ministers,” he said.

The Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad on Monday accepted the resignation submitted by the government, but asked the ministers to continue running the country’s urgent matters until a prime minister is appointed.

The opposition has expressed hope that the parliament would be dissolved and that new elections would be held.

24 detainees

A massive rally at the Willpower Square in Kuwait City on Monday evening also called for the release of 24 people detained for 21 days on charges of involvement in the storming of the parliament on November 16.

People calling for their release will hold a one-hour sit-in in front of the Speaker’s court on Tuesday afternoon.

Sources said that Al Khorafi could stop the legal procedures against the “intruders” as he was the one who filed the legal suit against them.




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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