Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce and Industry Minister Abdulmohsen Al-Mudej resigned yesterday, just two days after MP Roudhan Al- Roudhan filed to grill him. No reasons were given for his resignation, but the liberal National Democratic Alliance (NDA), of which Mudej is a leading member, said that he stepped down after accusing the government of not being serious about reforms and backing Cabinet members against grillings. The official KUNA news agency said H.H. the Amir accepted the resignation of Mudej, a liberal, Western-educated minister appointed in Jan 2014. Last week, electricity, water and public works minister Abdulaziz Al-Ibrahim resigned after accusing some MPs of receiving bribes. Both Mudej and Ibrahim are very close to NDA. There were reports that Oil Minister Ali Al-Omair is also planning to resign.
The reports could not be confirmed. Roudhan had filed a request on Monday to grill Mudej for allegedly violating the commercial law. The lawmaker held Mudej responsible for not forcing the board of directors of a local company to hold a meeting, resulting in heavy losses for small shareholders. Mudej, 66, was Kuwait’s oil minister between 1994 and 1996, and he also served as a member of parliament between 1992 and 2003. The minister was grilled in parliament last year over alleged financial and administrative violations, but he denied all the charges and remained in his post. Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh was named acting commerce and industry minister.