Govt to give MPs free hand to elect Speaker Khaifan residents confront protesters

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 9: The government will not have a say on the election of the Parliament Speaker and his deputy, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting sources from the executive authority.

Sources explained the government will allow its members to vote freely as it has no intention to lobby for support for a specific candidate.

Sources said the government will definitely play a role in the election of the members and heads of permanent and temporary parliamentary committees due to the need to endorse certain draft bills.
Sources pointed out the executive wants to solidify its position on these bills to avoid getting surprised by the recommendations of the National Assembly, especially those not included on the priority lists of the government and its legislative counterpart. Sources added the government also took this step to avoid conflicts over the work agendas of both authorities within the current legislative term.

Meanwhile, a number of residents of Khaifan confronted the participants of a march led by former MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei and expelled them from the area recently, reports Al-Shahid daily quoting informed sources.

They explained that the residents of Khaifan were surprised to note that the participants of the march were unknown to them and were not residents of that area. They immediately confronted them and asked them to leave; however the demonstrators refused to leave, leading to an argument between both parties. Eventually, they fled from the location after the arrival of MP Abdullah Mayouf.

MP Mayouf and a number of residents rushed to the police station and filed a case against Al-Tabtabaei and the individuals who participated in the march.

Sources stressed that such marches cause panic among the residents, as the demonstrators terrorize innocent people, block streets and attack the security authorities.
In the same context, Al-Seyassah reported that a number of youths threw eggs at the house of Al-Tabtabaei to put across a message of discontent and refusal to turn Khaifan into an area of chaos and riots.

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