His Highness the Amir reading the resignation letter handed by the Prime Minister (left).
Cabinet resigns First Parliament session December 16

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 3: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday has set Sunday, Dec 16 as the inauguration session of the 14th legislative term elected under the one-vote electoral system.

Furthermore, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah tendered the Cabinet’s resignation, which was immediately accepted by HH the Amir, paving way for a new Cabinet formation.
Head of the National Elections Committee (NEC) Ahmad Al-Ajeel said the percentage of voter turnout in this elections is 39. 7 percent based on the committee’s initial review of ballot records.

He added that the committee will published the poll result at the end of the deadline set by the law on the election of members of parliament in order to avoid any mathematical errors can affect the outcome.
Meanwhile, opposition youth groups have decided to hold nightly marches on a daily basis in every district in objection to the new parliament formation under the one-vote electoral system. They said they will hold the marches until the parliament is dissolved and the former electoral system of four-votes is applied.

The opposition held a march in the area of Sabah Al-Nasser Sunday evening “in celebration of the election boycott success”. At the march, Opposition leader Musallam Al-Barrak announced “nightly marches and on a daily basis in all areas of Kuwait until the “Nation’s Dignity 4” march is held on Dec 8”. He added that the marches will launch from the “Dignity roundabout in the area of Sabah Al-Nasser”.
Furthermore, scores of citizens participated in several marches around Kuwait, primarily in the areas of Sabah Al-Nasser, Jahra, Riqaa and Sabahiya on Monday evening, organized by the opposition to demand the removal of the newly elected assembly.

The protests were dispersed by security forces using tear gas and smoke bombs and stun grenades and the officers arrested a number of opposition activists.

The ‘Nation’s Dignity’ march organizers also announced on Twitter that its fourth march will take place Saturday Dec 8.

“We announce the launch of a new phase of protests and marches against the forces of corruption and attempts at autocracy and infringement on the sovereignty of the nation and its dignity,” commented the organizers.

“Our battle is peaceful and civilized, irreversible until we regain the nation’s sovereignty and dignity,” they added.

The organizers further issued a “notification statement”, as like prior to its previous march, addressing the Interior Ministry.  They informed that the march will take place from 2-5 pm from Safir International Hotel to the Kuwait Towers on the Gulf Road.

The first two organized mass rallies and on Oct 21 and Nov 4 were held outside Al-Erada Square despite warnings by the Ministry of Interior that the marches would be deemed illegal. Security Forces clashed with demonstrators, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of protestors.

The third ‘Nation’s Dignity’ march on Nov 30, prior to elections, was licensed by the Interior Ministry and ended peacefully with minimal security presence.

On his part, former MP Faisal Al-Mislem said that the people have issued a decree overturning the one-vote assembly, despite the corrupt media campaigns to distort the boycott campaigns. The voter turnout, he added, based on the sources of information collected from all committees, did not exceed 23 or 24 percent.

Agencies add:
HH the prime minister tendered the resignation in writing to HH the Amir during a meeting at Al-Seif Palace, stating in part, “After declaration of full results of the general elections, which were made official, and a decree was issued for holding the first session of the 14th legislative term of the National Assembly, I submit to Your Highness my resignation and the resignation of my fellow ministers in line with Article 57 of the Constitution. “

HH the Prime Minister, in his letter of resignation, alluded to HH the Amir’s Order, proclaimed on July 5, 2012, according to which “I was assigned to shoulder responsibility of the cabinet tasks at some of the most critical times of history of dear Kuwait.

“It was grave responsibility assigned to us. I and my brothers, the ministers, accepted to respond to the call for fulfilment of such duties in obedience to Your Highness. And since formation of the government, we have pledged to Allah and ourselves that we will prove that we are worthy of the confidence, that we will spare no efforts to rise to the level of these responsibilities in front of Allah first and in front of Your Highness and the people of Kuwait, determined to prove to Your Highness that we are up to the aspirations attached to us.”

HH the Prime Minister added that he and the ministers exerted maximum efforts in implementing HH the Amir’s instructions and cleansed the electoral system of certain defects and flaws, that had threatened unity of the homeland and the national social fabric, thus the decree-into-law was issued stipulating re-specification of the constituencies for sake of serving the national interests, securing effective participation of all nationals in administration of the country “in a manner that would eliminate manifestations of factional fanaticism, sectarian and tribal polarization.”

Also for this purpose, HH the premier added, another decree had been issued regarding formation of the higher electoral commission, amending some articles of the law number 35 of 1962 regarding elections of members of the parliament, “with the aim of establishing a unified and independent national entity to be tasked with preparing and supervising the electoral process in a manner that would realize objectives and aspirations of the society.”

The elections for the new parliament were held under supervision of the commission that administered the process with efficiency, and the government sought to secure all basic requirements to enable voters cast their ballot freely to choose the new members of parliament.

“After declaration of full results of the elections, and a decree issued for holding the first session of the 14th legislative term of the National Assembly, I submit to Your Highness my resignation and the resignation of my fellow ministers in line with Article 57 of the Constitution.”

HH the Prime Minister, expressed deep gratitude to HH the Amir for the confidence he had reposed in him and the cabinet; such confidence constituted the motive for the accomplishments made during the short term of the government.

HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak praised the enormous efforts, exerted by the ministers during their service in office during the critical times.

“While I request Your Highness’ acceptance of the resignation, I call upon His Almighty Allah to safeguard Your Highness and support our efforts for promotion “of our dear homeland and work for the sake of its prosperity.” His Highness, the Amir in his acceptance of the cabinet resignation, followed this up with an Amiri Decree, noting that Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak’s cabinet would remain in the service as a caretaker government, pending a formation of a new cabinet.

“The resignation of the government of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the ministers is accepted however they shall continue work on caretaker basis in their offices till formation of a new government,” HH the Amir decreed.

The Amiri Decree is to be implemented as of the date of its proclamation. The National Assembly shall be notified about its issuance, and it shall be published by the official Gazette.


By: Nihal Sharaf Arab Times Staff

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