Kuwait MP quits over sectarian insult

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Kuwait City — A Shia lawmaker resigned on Wednesday after a Sunni MP insulted him during a heated exchange in parliament.

“I was deeply hurt… by the contempt and insult against my religious sect by my colleague, Hamdan Al Azemi,” Faisal Al Duwaisan wrote in his resignation letter.

During a debate on Tuesday, Azemi “told me: ‘you should rectify your sect,’” Duwaisan said.

That triggered a confrontation between Azemi and several Shia MPs.

At the end of the session, Shia MP Abdullah Al Tameemi and Azemi briefly quarrelled before they were restrained by other lawmakers.

Duwaisan said he will not withdraw his resignation unless Azemi publicly apologies or parliament takes disciplinary action against him. There are seven Shia MPs in the 50-member house.— AFP

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