Senior Kuwait royal quits cabinet:Minister

AFP , Monday 13 Jun 2011

Deputy prime minister had tried to have parliamentary investigations into allegations he was corrupt termed a breach of the constitution

Kuwait's deputy premier, Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, has submitted his resignation from the cabinet, a minister said on Monday.

"Sheikh Ahmad has submitted his resignation and the cabinet referred it to the ruler," state minister for cabinet affairs and government spokesman Ali al-Rashed told reporters.

No reason was given for Sheikh Ahmad's decision to quit but local media have said he was locked in a power struggle with Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, another senior royal.

During a parliamentary session on 31 May, MPs said to be close to the prime minister voted against a request by Sheikh Ahmad to refer a grilling against him to a parliamentary panel to probe whether it breached the constitution.

The panel ruled on Saturday that the grilling, which accuses Sheikh Ahmad of corruption and mismanagement, was in line with the constitution and should be debated in parliament on Tuesday.
The resignation becomes official only if the emir accepts it.

The prime minister and Sheikh Ahmad, who is also minister of housing and development, are cousins and nephews of the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
Analysts and MPs have pinned the blame for the constant political crises in Kuwait on infighting within the Al-Sabah family which has ruled the Gulf state for more than 250 years.

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