KUWAIT, (Reuters) – Three Kuwaiti deputies said on Sunday they would seek to question the prime minister over a visit by an Iranian Shi’ite cleric, seen as controversial by local media, reviving a standoff between parliament and government.
The three Sunni Islamist deputies said in a statement they would present a motion to question Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah over possible violation of “security restrictions and religious rules” by allowing the cleric to visit although he had been banned from entering the country.
One of the deputies accused the cleric, Mohammad Fali, of insulting some of the companions of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad — revered by Sunni Muslims.
Muslims comprise around 85 percent of Kuwait’s population, with Sunnis accounting for around 70 percent and Shi’ites 30 percent of that.
Parliament has a history of challenging the government. Questioning of members of the government has in the past led to non-confidence motions and resignations of ministers.
The emir dissolved parliament in March after a row between deputies and the cabinet but tensions between the house and the cabinet persisted.