Why Kuwait’s political infighting is leaving its economic plans on ice
Political infighting between the parliament and government has forced the resignation of two cabinet ministers in less than a month and threatens to draw in more of their cabinet colleagues.
June 15, 2012 6:25 by Reuters
Mustapha al-Shamali resigned as finance minister last month after opposition lawmakers accused him of failing to deal with alleged financial irregularities in his departments.
Shamali, who had served as finance minister from 2007, denied the allegations of mismanagement but quit rather than face a parliamentary confidence vote. Kuwait’s minister for social affairs and labour, Ahmed al-Rujaib, resigned ahead of a questioning session scheduled for next week.
It was a similar fight between MPs and the cabinet which led to the dissolution of the chamber in December and a snap election that brought in the fourth parliament in six years.
Some MPs have said they want to question oil minister Hani Hussein in parliament after an arbitrator’s ruling last month that Kuwait’s state-run chemical company must pay Dow Chemical Co. $2.16 billion for wrongly cancelling a deal.