The Kuwaiti parliament was invaded by dozens of anti-government protesters on Wednesday. They were demanding that the country’s prime minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah step down in the wake of unproven allegations of financial irregularities in the country.
The scandal, in which government officials are accused of allegedly transferring money out of the country, has already claimed the country’s foreign minister. Now protesters are targeting the prime minister, and opposition figures are calling for him to at least face questions over the scandal. However, a bid to force a debate in parliament was recently voted down.
Kuwait has a much more robust parliamentary system than most other Gulf nations, despite the ruling Al Sabah family hold most of the real power. Kuwait is a key western ally in the region, and western nations will likely be unnerved by any signs of political instability in the country, even if the chances of an Arab Spring style revolution in Kuwait are seen as being virtually nil.