Political crisis in Kuwait over MPs beating
Kuwait is heading for a new political crisis after three opposition MPs filed a motion to question the prime minister in parliament following a police crackdown. The lawmakers, Mussallam al-Barrak, Jamaan al-Harbash and Saleh al-Mulla, represent the three main opposition groups in the the country's parliament and are backed by at least 17 other MPs.
"Today we filed a motion to grill the prime minister for breaching the constitution and for undermining public freedoms," Barrak said according to AFP
The elite special forces last week used batons to beat up MPs and civilians at a public rally, injuring at least four lawmakers and a dozen citizens. The opposition has held Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah responsible for the incident.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti authorities on Monday closed the office of the Doha-based Al-Jazeera pan-Arab news television over its extensive coverage of the police crackdown, and withdrew the accreditation of its correspondents.