Kuwaiti govt ministers quit en masse

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Kuwaiti government ministers submitted their resignations protesting the questioning one day earlier of one of their fellow cabinet members, well-informed sources said.
According to these sources, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media, the resignations will be officially announced at a cabinet meeting scheduled for next Monday.
At a Tuesday parliamentary session, two MPs — Riad al-Adsani and Abdulkarim al-Kanderi — subjected Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed al-Abdullah Al Sabah to a raft of questions on a range of issues.
A member of Kuwait’s ruling family, Al Sabah also currently serves as acting information minister.
After the questioning, 10 MPs — unsatisfied with the minister’s answers — asked that he be subject to a vote of confidence in a parliamentary session slated for next week. On Wednesday evening, Kuwaiti cabinet members — in an apparent bid to preempt the scheduled confidence vote — tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad Al Sabah.
Once the resignations are officially announced early next week, they will then be referred to Emir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabah, who, according to the informed sources, is expected to draw up a new government under the current prime minister.
One year ago, Kuwait’s previous parliament was dissolved by the emir amid a similar dispute between lawmakers and cabinet members. Following a meeting with the emir, however, Parliamentary Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim voiced doubt that the current parliament would face a similar fate.—Agencies

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