CAIRO (AP) – Kuwait’s state news agency says the country’s prime minister survived a no-confidence vote in parliament over the alleged misuse of public funds.
The vote averts a government crisis for the oil-rich U.S. ally. Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah formed a new Cabinet in May after his previous government was dissolved amid the accusations.
The KUNA news agency says 35 of parliament’s 50 members voted in favor of the premier Wednesday.
Ahead of the vote, Sheik Nasser, a nephew of Kuwait’s ruler, agreed to be questioned by lawmakers as a concession, the first time a prime minister has done so.
Kuwait’s rulers have dissolved parliament five times since 1976, mostly to head off attempts to question Cabinet members.