Kuwaiti interior minister is ‘ready for open grilling’

May 7, 2012

Kuwait is getting ready for a show down in parliament on Tuesday when a motion filed by a lawmaker to grill the deputy prime minister and interior minister will be debated.

MP Mohammad Al Juwaihal on April 24 made the formal move to have Shaikh Ahmad Al Humood answer questions on naturalisation, dual citizenship, alleged widespread use of weapons, lack of insecurity and administrative and financial mismanagement at the interior ministry.

Al Juwaihal, elected in February in the national elections that followed the resignation of the government and the dissolution of the previous parliament, said that he would add the issue of the allegedly suspicious death of Kuwaiti national Nawaf Al Azimi if the interior minister were not held to account by the lawmakers from Al Azimi tribe.

Sources told local Arabic daily Al Watan that the government had informed the lawmakers from the majority that Shaikh Ahmad was ready to be quizzed in an open session of the parliament and that he would not ask to transfer the grilling to the legislative committee or constitutional court to assess its merit.

However, the government wants Al Juwaihal to adhere to the issues of the grilling and not to refer to other cases, Al Watan said on Sunday.

MP Waleed Al Tabtabai said that the parliament looked forward to being convinced by the minister’s arguments.

The government has had difficult relations with the parliament since they were both formed earlier this year.

Lawmakers from the minority have been pushing for a routine quizzing of ministers.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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