Kuwait City: On Sunday, MP Shuaib Al Muwaizri submitted two motions to interrogate, one towards the Minister of Finance, Khalifa Hamada, and another towards the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Sabah.
Both motions have been filed under the same clause stating that both Ministers did not adhere to Article 99 of the Kuwaiti constitution which refers to ministers having to answer questions regarding matters that fall within their competence. In addition, Al Muwaizri stated in his motion that both Ministers also were in breach of Article 121 of the Parliamentary Procedural Law (the article is the same as the one in the constitution).
The speaker of parliament, Marzouq Al Ghanim, announced that he has received both motions and they will be discussed next session which is scheduled for after Eid Al Fitr.
Several MPs came out and publicly declared their support to interrogate both Ministers.
MP Mohammed Al Mutair, a staunch critic of the government stated, “consistent with my previous demands for the government to leave, especially after their recent decision to fortify the prime minister in a manner not witnessed in Kuwait’s history, I renew my support for every questioning of any minister, the first of which is the prime minister who abolished the 1962 constitution.”
Joining in, MP Faris Al Otaibi, said, “any questioning submitted to any minister in this government is deemed worthy of their acceptance and silence about the grave breaches that violated the constitution.”
Timing and reasoning
The motion was filed at a time where tension between the government and opposition figures are at a high following a vote to postpone all past and future interrogations filed against the Prime Minister, Sabah Al Khaled Al Sabah, until 2022.
Many MPs, including the public, have claimed that the vote that was taken during the swearing in session on March 30 was manipulated and therefore the vote is illegal.
The unprecedented move to postpone all future motions, sparking furry against opposition figures with many calling it “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.