Kuwait's Opposition Group Says To Stage Rally

Members of a Kuwaiti youth group said Tuesday they would stage a rally in Kuwait City later in the day to demand for reforms and removal of the emirate's prime minister.

Stateless Arabs, known as bidoons, wave Kuwaiti flags during a demonstration in Jahra, 50 kms of Kuwait City, on February 20, 2011 as they protest for the third day running to press for basic rights and citizenship of the oil-rich Gulf state.

Members of a Kuwaiti youth group said Tuesday they would stage a rally in Kuwait City later in the day to demand for reforms and removal of the emirate's prime minister.

A member of the Fifth Fence group surnamed Mashaal said outside the parliament Tuesday morning that they have called for a big rally in Kuwait City's Safat square to express their dissatisfaction over the government.

Fifth Fence is among several groups backed by opposition lawmakers that have demanded the resignation of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Nasser have pulled through two noncooperation vote lodged by opposition lawmakers since he took office in 2006.

The potential protest comes at a time as anti-government rallies that erupted in Tunisia and Egypt have spilled over to Libya, Yemen and the Gulf countries of Bahrain and Oman.

On Feb. 18, around 1,000 stateless Arabs took to the streets in Kuwait's remote area of Jahra to demand for citizenship and basic social rights. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Protestors said on Twitter service that two people were killed in the confrontation, which the government later denied.

Kuwait is the first Gulf Arab state to adopt a constitution in 1962 and an elected parliament was born in the following year. The parliament was bestowed the right to question ministers or vote them out of office.

Parliament has been dissolved three times since 2006 due to various disputes with the government. Long-standing tensions have delayed several major economic development plans in the past years.

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