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KUWAIT CITY (AFP) – Two Kuwaiti opposition MPs on Tuesday filed to question in parliament the deputy prime minister for economic affairs over alleged corruption and undermining the status of the oil-rich Gulf state.

The request to question Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah, also minister of housing and development, was filed by MPs Marzouk al-Ghanem and Adel al-Saraawi, members of the liberal six-MP National Action Bloc.

Ghanem told reporters the request is based on “financial irregularities in housing contracts, facilitating seizure of public funds and violating the four-year development plan,” which stipulates spending over $100 billion.

Sheikh Ahmad, a senior member of the Al-Sabah ruling family, is also accused of “working to get Kuwait sports federations suspended by the international bodies,” which undermined the status and image of the country, Ghanem said.

The lawmaker however did not reveal the sums involved in the alleged graft cases.

MP Saraawi said the debate of the questioning will take place on April 5 and that it is backed by the entire National Action Bloc and a number of other opposition lawmakers.

The quiz could lead to a no-confidence motion which if passed would automatically dismiss the minister. To pass, such a motion needs a simple majority of the 50-member parliament.