Kuwait MPs to face court, parliament lifts immunity

April 24, 2012 18:13

KUWAIT - Kuwait's parliament ruled on Tuesday that nine lawmakers could face prosecution for storming the assembly last year during protests against the former prime minister.

In a series of events that led to the dissolution of parliament and the government's resignation, protesters and opposition deputies forced their way into the debating chamber in November as hundreds demonstrated outside.

In a rowdy session on Tuesday, parliament voted to lift the immunity of the MPs - Islamist, opposition and centrist figures - at the request of the prosecution service. Their cases can now be referred to court.

At least 45 people were arrested last year over the storming of parliament, described by Kuwait's ruler as a "black day". The emir appoints the prime minister, who in turn picks a cabinet.

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