Kuwait minister resigns ahead of no confidence vote over sports ban – report

Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah reportedly submitted his resignation knowing a no confidence vote against him would succeed

Kuwait’s minister of information and youth Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah reportedly submitted his resignation to the country’s cabinet on Monday, two days ahead of a scheduled no confidence vote against him related to the country’s ban from international sport.

Kuwait Times cited government sources and MPs as saying the minister filed his resignation after 31 MPs said they would support Wednesday’s vote against him.

The no confidence vote only needs 25 MPs to succeed.

The publication said no announcement of the resignation was made by the cabinet yesterday but it issued a statement saying a 10-hour grilling of the minster by MPs last week included constitutional and legal violations.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 citing government interference in is national Olympic Committee.

The ban meant Kuwait missed out on its first gold medal when Fehaid Aldeehani won the men’s double trap event under the Olympic flag

Read: Olympic gold winner Aldeehani says joy dampened by ban on Kuwait

It was also banned from international competitions by FIFA in 2015 over alleged interference in the national football association.

MPs have called for the government to rectify the issue and during the grilling blamed the minister for failing to lift the ban.

Read: Kuwait MPs seek end to sports ban within 2 months

Sheikh Salman in turn argued that the ban was the fault of Kuwaitis in key posts at international sports organisations.

Kuwait Times said that an official announcement of the resignation is expected today. State minister for cabinet affairs Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah will likely be given the information position and commerce minister Khaled Al-Roudhan the youth position, it added.

Separately state news agency KUNA yesterday quoted National Assembly speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim as saying he had yet to receive the resignation.