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Kuwaiti lawmakers attempt to quiz deputy premier

Lawmakers want to grill Sheikh Ahmad for allegedly violating laws on a KD30.8bn development plan, misleading the public

Kuwaiti lawmakers attempt to quiz deputy premier
Lawmakers in Kuwait are seeking for the second time in as many months to question the country’s deputy prime minister for development affairs, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah (Getty Images)

Lawmakers in Kuwait, OPEC’s fifth- biggest producer, are seeking for the second time in as many months to question the country’s deputy prime minister for development affairs, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.

Marzook Al Ghanim and Adel Al Sarawi want to grill Sheikh Ahmad, a member of the ruling family, for allegedly violating laws related to the country’s KD30.8bn ($112bn) development plan and for misleading the public, according to a copy of the questioning request submitted to parliament today, and distributed to reporters in Kuwait City.

A similar move in March to quiz Sheikh Ahmad, along with separate requests to question two other ministers from the Al Sabah family, led to a government resignation on March 31.

Kuwaiti lawmakers Ahmed Al Saadoun and Abdul Rahman Al Anjari on May 10 asked to question prime minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah about issues including the government’s alleged failure to implement the development plan. Sheikh Nasser could be questioned by parliament as early as May 17.

Sheikh Nasser’s seventh Cabinet since 2006 was announced on May 8. The premier has survived two non-cooperation motions in parliament since his appointment five years ago by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.

The continuous questioning of ministers over alleged violations has led to repeated government resignations. Kuwait’s National Assembly has been dissolved five times since the country introduced parliamentary democracy in 1962, most recently in March 2009.

Parliament approved a four-year development plan in February 2010 that includes investments to increase oil and gas production, construction of a metro and rail network, airport expansion, new power stations, cities, hospitals and roads and a port on Boubyan Island.

Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad, who is also minister of state for housing affairs, will be asked by lawmakers about alleged financial violations and negligence of public funds related to sports and housing issues.

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Jim Thompson 9 years ago

The pride of this nation needs to be restored not only for the Kuwait people, but for everyone that lives there who depends on the abilities of this government to perform its proper role in society. It is not about loud rhetoric and expansive actions which make strong leaders, it is thinkers, men of vision, whose humility and inner peace comes from their desire to put the welfare and happiness of their people above all else. After decades of stagnation in the development process, whilst neighboring GCC nations have been unveiling new airports and have accomplished major strides in their development process, you would think that this GCC nation would want to regain its position in the Gulf, not only to safeguard the reputation of its nation for the sake of future generations, but to restore the pride of this nation because, “Stagnation means regression, therefore, you should strive to develop. If you cannot you should give up your place to others.”