After a caretaker administration resigned over two months ago in a standoff with parliament, several Kuwait lawmakers staged an open-ended sit-in inside the parliament to press the Gulf state’s crown prince to appoint a new government.
At the same time as a special session to discuss a social security bill, the protest began on Tuesday, with more than a dozen opposition MPs gathered in a building adjacent to the National Assembly.
In separate Twitter posts, parliamentarians Alsaifi Alsaifi and Mubarak Al Hajraf said that the protest was to reject “political paralysis” and “disruption of the constitution.”
With a picture of the seated men, fellow lawmaker Muhannad Al-Sayer tweeted, “We chose to protest inside our offices in a peaceful and civilized expression far away from any clash or massing of people who may face harm.”
The start of the sit-in was marked with a clock launched from a website.
A statement has not been issued by the government about the protest. Furthermore, a government spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
The resignation submitted by the government more than a month earlier was accepted by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah on May 10. However, the crown prince has yet to name a prime minister to form a cabinet for approval.