More Kuwaiti MPs resign in protest over premier's corruption scandal
Five Kuwaiti MPs have now resigned as of Sunday over the parliament's refusal to question the premier on corruption allegations, according to Agence France Presse.
Former parliament speaker MP Ali Al Rashed and MP Safa Al Hashem submitted their resignations Sunday, saying that the situation in the country has reached "a deadlock."
"Today, the situation has reached a deadlock. The deviation in the use of monitoring and legislation powers in parliament has led to killing the questioning tool and silencing MPs," the two MPs wrote in their letter of resignation.
These latest resignations were predecessed by MPs Riyadh Al Adasani, Abdulkarim Al Kundari and Hussein Al Mutairi's decisions to quit last Wednesday in protest of the same issues described by Al Hashem and Al Rashed's statement.
Allegations have surfaced that the Prime Minister used cash handouts to sway lawmakers in their voting decisions and related behaviors, but the pro-government parliament has rejected even considering or investigating the issue overall.
The Parliament speaker has described the resignations as "[a coordinated conspiracy] to dismantle institution in the country."