Kuwait’s Emir said the Gulf state would show “zero tolerance” to anyone threatening the OPEC oil exporter’s security, after the opposition held weekly rallies demanding that the Prime Minister step down.
Thanks to a generous welfare system, Kuwait has avoided the mass protests that have forced out the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia.
But the Gulf Arab state has endured a long political stalemate, and opposition has built up against Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, an influential member of the ruling family.
Several hundred people have held weekly peaceful rallies to demand his resignation. “I have asked the Interior Minister to continue to take measures to protect Kuwait’s security and stability and to show zero tolerance towards anyone who tries to compromise the security of the country,” HH Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah said in a speech carried by state media.
Sheikh Sabah also complained of “practices in parliament which are outside the framework of the constitution and beyond the requirements of national interests”.
Source: The Peninsula