Kuwait ex-MP held over Iran tweet

Updated 01 May 2015
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Kuwait ex-MP held over Iran tweet

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait on Friday arrested a former opposition lawmaker for alleging Iran was pressuring the emirate to change the crown prince, the government and relatives said.
The Interior Ministry said Waleed Al-Tabtabai had been “arrested on the orders of the public prosecution for spreading false news about the internal situation and undermining the status of the crown prince on social media.”
The former lawmaker, a long-time critic of the Islamic republic, would now be referred to prosecutors for questioning, it added.
In comments posted Thursday on Twitter, Tabtabai wrote that Iran had been putting pressure on Kuwait to replace Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 76, with a new heir who has strong relations with Tehran.
He said he hoped the attempts would fail.
Under the Kuwaiti constitution, the crown prince is proposed by the emir and approved by Parliament. Sheikh Nawaf, half brother of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, was appointed to the post in 2006.
Tabtabai’s brother Anwar said the ex-lawmaker was arrested by secret service police.


Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank: foreign ministry

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Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank: foreign ministry

  • A delegation from Oman’s foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah for the purpose

DUBAI: Oman said on Wednesday it is planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah for that purpose.
“In line with the Sultanate’s support for the brotherly Palestinian people, it has decided to open a new diplomatic mission for Palestine at the level of embassy,” the foreign ministry said in Twitter post.