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Kuwait Interior Ministry Warns against Gathering at Erada Square on Wednesday

A heavy dust storm advances towards the shore in Kuwait City, Kuwait, 23 May 2022. (EPA)

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry warned on Tuesday against holding any protest rally at al-Erada Square, which faces the National Assembly.

Any gathering of the sort will be viewed as a violation of the law and anyone involved will be held legally accountable.

Former lawmaker Saleh al-Malla had called for a rally at the square in protest against the political impasse witnessed in the country since the government's resignation on April 5.

The Interior Ministry stressed on Tuesday that it has not issued any permit allowing a protest, calling on everyone to abide by the law.

It denied social media claims that it had indeed issued such a permit.

In a tweet, al-Malla said the National Assembly has been suspended for two months since the government's resignation.

He noted that the resignation was only accepted 12 days ago and that even though it is operating in a caretaker capacity, the cabinet has not convened once to handle pressing affairs.

"These are dangerous practices and constitutional violations that have crippled the country and harmed the interests of the people," he remarked, calling for a rally at al-Erada Square.

His call was met with support by a number of former and current lawmakers, including former National Assembly Speaker Ahmed al-Sadoun, who said one must not remain silent over the "corrupt situation".