Kuwait: after riot, Interior Minister replaced

Kuwait Chief of Staff of the Army Lt-General Ahmad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah

Kuwait Chief of Staff of the Army Lt-General Ahmad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah

General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah

General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah (Representative of the Interior Minister), Sheikh Ahmad Homud al-Sabah

KUWAIT More than 1,000 “stateless” Arabs demonstrated in the city of Jahra demanding citizenship, with dozens of people arrested by the police, according to witnesses. The demonstration was broken up by security forces using smoke bombs and water cannons.

Kuwait Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Khaled al-Sabah has resigned amid calls for mass protests against the government’s “undemocratic practices” and a push for its ouster.

Sheikh Jaber was immediately replaced by Sheikh Ahmad Homud al-Sabah, another member of the ruling family, who served as interior minister in 1991-92 and defense minister in 199, AFP reported.

The former interior minister had been due to appear in parliament on Tuesday to answer questions regarding the death of a Kuwaiti citizen.

Mohammad Ghazzai al-Mutairi, 35, died on January 11 at a police station after he was severely tortured for six days, according to a parliamentary probe. Sixteen policemen have been arrested in connection with the case.

After Sheikh Jaber’s resignation, a Kuwaiti youth group, calling itself, ‘The Fifth Fence,’ postponed until March 8 an anti-government rally that had been planned on Tuesday.

“As a youth group, we still believe that the departure of this government is the only step that fulfills our demands,” the group said in a statement.

The group, however, insisted that it will continue its campaign to unseat the cabinet.

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