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Minister quits ahead of grilling
File photograph of Mohammed Abul-Hassan
Abul-Hassan: Kuwait's only Shia cabinet minister
Kuwait's information minister has offered his resignation, the day before he was due to face questioning by parliament over morality issues.

Mohammed Abul-Hassan is accused of failing to keep Western ways out of the conservative Gulf state by not doing enough to enforce censorship.

Earlier, Kuwait's prime minister said Mr Abul-Hassan's questioning by Sunni MPs could inflame sectarian tensions.

Mr Abul-Hassan is from Kuwait's minority Shia Muslim community.

'Values and morals'

In his resignation letter, Mr Abul-Hassan said he wanted to leave his post to prevent political infighting.

It is not yet known whether his resignation has been accepted.

Three fundamentalist Sunni lawmakers were scheduled to question the Mr Abul-Hassan in parliament on Monday, over failing to protect "values and morals" by allowing pop music concerts.

They have also accused his ministry of failing to do enough to censor books, magazines, and videos.

Mr Abul-Hassan was appointed to the cabinet in July 2003.

Before that, he was Kuwait's permanent ambassador to the United Nations in New York for 22 years.

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