Kuwait PM faces parliament grilling over clashes

December 28, 2010 16:58

KUWAIT CITY  — Kuwait's prime minister faced a rare grilling in parliament Tuesday from opposition lawmakers seeking to force his resignation over accusations of using strong-arm tactics against government critics.

The political revolt against Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah could threaten the stability of the government in one of the West's key allies in the Gulf and an important transit point for US military forces leaving Iraq.The parliament questioning was demanded after security forces clashed with opposition lawmakers and their supporters at a Dec. 8 rally. Kuwaiti officials say the crowd taunted police and did not have a permit for a rally.

But government officials did not seem worried, even while security forces fanned out around the parliament building as the closed-door session got under way.

The opposition bloc appeared to have few hopes of securing a majority in the 50-seat chamber to unseat the premier, who is a nephew of Kuwait's ruler.

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