Kuwaiti Lawmaker Files Request to Question Prime Minister

A Kuwaiti lawmaker sought to question Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah on alleged government “negligence” and financial violations.

Saleh Ashour also plans to ask Sheikh Jaber about accusations that the government failed to deal with a corruption scandal last year, involving the alleged transfer of millions of dollars into the bank accounts of lawmakers in the previous parliament, according to a copy of the request distributed to reporters today in Kuwait City.

Sheikh Jaber was appointed prime minister in November to replace Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, who resigned following months of protests. Sheikh Nasser’s government denied the corruption allegations. His departure prompted his uncle and the country’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, to dissolve parliament and call elections for Feb. 2, in which opposition candidates won most seats.

Ashour also wants to question the premier about the government’s failure to resolve the issue of about 100,000 stateless residents known as bedoun, according to the request.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fiona MacDonald in Kuwait at fmacdonald4@bloomberg.net; Dahlia Kholaif in Kuwait at dkholaif@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net

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