Kuwaiti parliament votes no-confidence motion against PM

14:43, June 24, 2011      

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The Kuwaiti parliament on Thursday voted in a closed-door session a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah over his biased policy in favor of Iran.

Local media said Sheikh Nasser are expected to survive the vote as opposition lawmakers vowed continued campaign to oust the embattled prime minister out of office.

According to Kuwait's constitution, a majority or 25 votes in the 50-member parliament is needed to unseat a prime minister. Initial survey showed lawmakers supporting the motion fell short of 20.

This was the third time that Sheikh Nasser, a nephew of the ruling Sabah family, faced such motion since he took office in 2006. He defeated no-confidence votes in January and December 2009.

The scenario came as oil-rich Kuwait was on the brink of a deeper political crisis between the government and parliament and power struggle within the ruling Sabah family.

Sheikh Nasser, 71, led his seventh cabinet to swear in on May 8 after the former one resigned late March to avoid three ministers being grilled in the parliament. But the opposition said they were not satisfied with new cabinet lineup as no significant change was made.

Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah last Wednesday called for national unity and avoiding internal feuding among politicians in a rare televised speech to the nation.

Kuwait is the first Gulf Arab state to adopt a constitution in 1962 and an elected parliament was born the following year. The parliament was bestowed the right to question ministers or vote them out of office.

Strained relations between the government and parliament also forced major economic reforms to rest, with the Amir dissolved the parliament three times since 2006 to end the long-standing political turmoil in the emirate that sits atop 10 percent of the world's proven oil reserves.

Source: Xinhua
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