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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

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.

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1 Comment

  1. dismanirie on June 16, 2012 1:18 pm

    Why is a parliament required if the emir can pick the prime minister who then appoints the cabinet? What a waste of energy and money.

    Either move to a fully democratic system, where the emir remains head of state and the government is elected by the voters, or revert to the old “benevolent dictatorship” model, and convert parliament into a sort of Shoura Council, which can give opinions reflecting electorate concerns but is powerful to influence decisions.

    Kuwait has lost decades of growth and development as a result of its poorly conceived “democracy”.


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