Kuwait interior minister survives confidence vote

The vote followed a non-cooperation motion brought against the Kuwait's prime minister on Wednesday, which he also successfully beat.

Kuwait interior minister survives confidence vote

Kuwait's interior minister Sheikh Jaber Khaled al-Sabah survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, the second he has faced this year, after he was accused of misleading legislators about electoral violations.

The vote followed a non-cooperation motion brought against the Kuwait's prime minister on Wednesday, which he also successfully beat.

Last week, opposition lawmaker Musallam al-Barrak questioned Sheikh Jaber over accusations that he misled parliament about the alleged violations during elections held earlier this year.

He survived Thursday's vote with 26 parliamentarians rejecting the no-confidence motion while 18 voted in favour. Another five abstained.

Sheikh Jaber, a member of the ruling family, also survived a no-confidence vote in July after he was questioned about alleged financial irregularities at his ministry and violations during the last elections.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah, a nephew of the emir, survived a challenge after his office was accused of financial irregularities.

The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, dissolved parliament in March after some lawmakers pushed to question the prime minister, a senior member of the ruling family. Elections were held in May.

There are no political parties, so parliament is made up of individuals who form loose blocs. Any MP has the right to question ministers, but it takes 10 lawmakers to file a request for a no-confidence vote and a majority of the elected members of the 50-seat to vote a minister out of office.



Reuters

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