Kuwait City: 30 MPs have publicly declared to support a proposal calling on the removal of the speaker of parliament, Marzouq Al Ghanim.
The unprecedented motion was submitted by MP Bader Al Mulla, along with 22 other MPs, on the grounds that Al Ghanim “breached the constitution” by allowing a vote to move forward barring the Prime Minister from being interrogated until 2022.
Lawmakers filed the proposal after 34 members, 18 MPs and 16 ministers, agreed to postpone any previous or upcoming motions to interrogate the Prime Minister, Sabah Khaled Al Sabah. The vote was taken during last week’s heated swearing in session where 30 MPs boycotted the session.
The proposal stated that Al Ghanim “committed flagrant violations while presiding over the March 30 session.” It added that Al Ghanim suspended article 101 of the Kuwaiti constitution (which dictates the process of interrogating ministers along with the Prime Minister) without a legal or constitutional basis.
Although this is the first motion of its kind since the parliament was established in 1962, the motion to remove Al Ghanim is based on article 97, according to the proposal.
The Prime Minister had two motions filed against him and were planned to be discussed during last week’s session.
The first motion was filled by MP Bader Al Dahoum and MP Mohammed Al Mutair on March 8, less than a week after the government was formed. The announcement came after 15 MPs, including Al Dahoum and Al Mutair, were referred by the government to the public prosecutor for violating health measures and holding a large gathering of approximately 300 people.
The second motion was filled by MP Hasan Jowhar, MP Muhannad Al Sayer and MP Muhalhal Al Nisf for “breaking the promise to work towards amending several laws from those that concern freedom of expression to the electoral law,” Jowhar said during a press conference.
Last week’s swearing session was the latest event in the ongoing clash between the government and opposition lawmakers.
While there is no unanimous reason for boycotting the session, several MPs stated their discontent with the government’s lack of cooperation on various fronts.