Sheikh Jaber PM again MPs meet

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued Wednesday a decree on the reappointment of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak.
The decree includes an instruction for the prime minister to nominate members of the new Cabinet and forward them to the Amir for approval.  The Parliament should also be informed about the formation of the executive authority.

Meanwhile, some newly-appointed MPs met in the diwaniya of MP Ahmed Al-Mulaifi to discuss the formation of the new government.  They warned against the appointment of any minister who boycotted the elections or called for a boycott.

Al-Mulaifi explained the meeting was aimed at congratulating the MPs on their victory in the elections and to know each other better.  He said this protocol was adopted by the previous Parliament.

According to Al-Mulaifi, the agenda of the meeting included general issues, such as the current political crisis and the need for MPs to be serious in playing their legislative role.  He disclosed national stability and security are on top of the priority list of the Parliament, “because without them we cannot talk about education, health and development”.  He confirmed the MPs have agreed on the importance of positive dialogue inside the Parliament and to focus on the interests of Kuwait and its people.

Al-Mulaifi asserted the legislative and executive authorities have huge responsibilities, adding that the new government must prepare its programs and set its priorities to achieve development goals within the legislative term.

On the other hand, MP Saleh Ashour outrightly rejected the inclusion of those who boycotted the elections or called for boycott in the new government, asserting that “these people don’t deserve to be in the government.”

MP Nabil Al-Fadel has unveiled his plan to re-open the parliamentary Investigative Committee on the foreign financial transfer scandal.  “We promised former committee chairman Musallam Al-Barrak that we will continue this investigation, in addition to the multimillion deposit scandal,” he said.

Al-Fadel revealed they will investigate the financial transfer and multimillion scandals from 2006 till date, especially since they have obtained information that a member of the previous committee received KD 600,000 in 2008.

On the formation of the new government, Al-Fadel said they don’t want a minister from the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) nor former Minister of Justice Jamal Al-Shihab. 

MP Abdullah Al-Tameemi said all the MPs who took part in the meeting called for national unity, rejection of hatred and opening a new page for nation-building, stability and development.

Asked about the formation of Shia and Islamic blocs, Al-Tameemi admitted he is against any bloc with sectarian or tribal features, asserting that he will support only the nationalist blocs.

Participants in the meeting: MPs Saleh Al-Ateeqi, Mohammed Al-Jabri, Faisal Al-Kandari, Esam Al-Dabous, Saud Al-Huraiji, Adel Al-Kharafi, Saad Al-Boos, Abdulhameed Dashti, Ahmed Lari, Saleh Ashour,  Khalil Al-Saleh, Abdullah Al-Tameemi, Mubarak Al-Orf, Tahir Al-Failakawi, Ali Al-Omair, Nasser Al-Marri, Khalid Al-Adwa, Mohammed Al-Barrak, Saad Al-Hammad, Adnan Abdul-Samad, Nasser Al-Shimiri, Khalid Al-Shulaimi, Mubarak Al-Khurainj, Ali Al-Rashid, Faisal Al-Duwaisan, Kamel Al-Awadhi, Mubarak Al-Najada, Hisham Al-Baghli, Saad Al-Khanfour, Khalid Al-Shattti, Nabil Al-Fadel, Bader Al-Bathali, Yakoub Al-Sanei, Abdullah Mayouf, Zikra Al-Rashidi.

In another development, former Speaker of the Parliament, Jassem Al-Kharafi appealed to everyone to accept the decree on the one-vote system.  He clarified there is no other way to nullify the decree but through constitutional channels. 

On the demonstrations outside the Parliament, Al-Kharafi said it is not beneficial for the country if some groups keep on calling for the cancellation of the decree and toppling of the new Parliament.  “These acts will not change anything and everyone must understand that for the country to be safe and stable,” he added.

Al-Kharafi also lamented that after the elections and announcement of the results, some people issued statements in an undemocratic manner.  “This is not the work of the opposition like those in countries which practice real democracy.  What we see here is unjustified anarchy and escalation of tension,” he concluded.

Furthermore, security forces backed by riot police and National Guard officers on Tuesday used tear gas, stun grenades and hot water to disperse the opposition protesters in many residential areas amidst reports of injuries and arrests.

The demonstrations took place in several areas like Jahra, Sabahiya, Salwa and Sabah Al-Nasser.  The opposition announced earlier that they will hold rallies daily as part of their strategy to topple the newly-elected Parliament and to push for the cancellation of the one-vote decree.

After several hours of clashes, the security forces were compelled to impose curfew in the said areas to avoid further illegal protests.

According to sources, the protests were organized by youth activists affiliated to the so-called Opposition Majority Bloc.  Sources said the protesters threw stones at the securitymen and defied dispersal orders; thereby, prompting the security officers to use tear gas and stun grenades to disperse them.

Agencies add:
Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling Al-Sabah family, submitted the resignation of his five-month-old cabinet on Monday, as required by the Constitution after weekend polls.
The premier should form the cabinet before Dec 16 when the new parliament is scheduled to hold its opening session.
Sheikh Jaber, 69, was appointed premier in November last year after prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a nephew of the Amir, quit following a dispute with the opposition and allegations of corruption.
Saturday’s snap poll, the second this year, was boycotted by the Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition in protest at an amendment to the electoral law.
The opposition has demanded that the new parliament, dominated by pro-government MPs, must be abolished and the amendment to the law be scrapped because it breached the Constitution.


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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