Kuwaiti youths urge PM ouster, reforms

The Gulf emirate has been rocked by a series of political disputes over the past five years.

Kuwait City: Hundreds of Kuwaiti youths
have rallied for the ouster of the oil-rich Gulf state`s Prime Minister and for democratic reforms to resolve an ongoing
political crisis.

Protesting for the fourth straight week yesterday, the
youths also called for the removal of deputy premier Sheikh
Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah who local media reported has submitted
his resignation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad
Al-Sabah and Sheikh Ahmad, both senior members of the ruling
family, have allegedly been engaged in a power struggle that
became public in a session of parliament on May 31.

During the session, MPs said to be close to the prime
minister voted against a request by Sheikh Ahmad to refer a
grilling against him to a parliamentary panel to investigate
whether it breached the constitution.

A document distributed at the rally carried the
signature of 16 opposition MPs in the 50-member house, calling
for the sacking of the premier, his deputy and the entire
cabinet, citing rife corruption and failure to run the
country.

Opposition Islamist MP Faisal al-Muslim also called
for major constitutional reforms to take Kuwait out of its
political turmoil, and appealed to the ruler to dismiss the
prime minister and the cabinet.

The Gulf emirate has been rocked by a series of
political disputes over the past five years, stalling
development despite abundant financial surpluses amounting to
$300 billion.

PTI

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