Kuwait opposition boosts pressure after FM resigns

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 11:24 PM
Kuwait opposition boosts pressure after FM resigns

Opposition groups in Kuwait are pledging to step up pressure on the government after the resignation of the Gulf nation's foreign minister amid allegations of high-level corruption.

Opposition parliament members are calling for a protest rally Wednesday and are trying to bring Kuwait's prime minister into the chamber for questioning. Kuwait's key affairs are run by the ruling Al Sabah family, but it has one of the region's most politically active parliaments.

Sheik Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah's resignation was accepted Tuesday. The official Kuwait News Agency gave no reason, but Kuwaiti media speculated it was linked to allegations of illegal money transfers by government officials and others.

Sheik Mohammad also was deputy prime minister.