Kuwaiti PM survives no-confidence vote, faces new grilling

14:44, June 24, 2011      

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Kuwait's embattled Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (2nd R, front) leaves the parliament session in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on June 23, 2011. Sheikh Nasser on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament, but opposition lawmakers lodged a new grilling against him immediately after his victory. (Xinhua)

Kuwait's embattled Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Thursday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament, but opposition lawmakers lodged a new grilling against him immediately after his victory.

The official KUNA news agency said 25 lawmakers supported Sheikh Nasser and 19 lawmakers voted against him in the closed- door session. Six lawmakers abstained.

That fell short of the 25 votes or a majority as required by the country's constitution to unseat a prime minister.

Ten lawmakers in the outspoken parliament last Tuesday lodged the request to grill Sheikh Nasser, 71, over Kuwait's biased policy in favor of neighboring Iran.

This was the third time that Sheikh Nasser, a senior member of the ruling Sabah family, survived such votes since he took office in 2006.

Sheikh Nasser said after the vote he was "as willing as ever to cooperate with all parties for the best interest of the homeland and the Kuwaiti people."

However, the survival was not an end to the political crisis as a new interpellation motion was filed by lawmakers, Faisal Al- Mislem, Khaled Al-Tahous and Musallam Al-Barrak immediately after the vote.

Sheikh Nasser swore in his seventh cabinet in May after the former one resigned late March to avoid three ministers from the ruling family being grilled in the parliament. Opposition figures said they were not satisfied with new cabinet lineup as no significant change was made.

Several opposition lawmakers have said before the vote they would continue their campaign and fresh grilling to ouster the prime minister out of office.

Unrest in the Arab countries has not hit Kuwait's door, but long-standing tensions between the government and parliament forced major economic to put on hold.

Source: Xinhua

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