Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah (left) and MP Safa’a Al-Hashim share a light moment.
MPs stress ‘importance’ of executing Amir’s directive Lari says will not OK development plan

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 26: The National Assembly resumed this week’s session Wednesday and continued discussions on the Amiri Speech.

Lawmakers stressed the importance of implementing the directives of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on national unity, concerns about the Kuwaiti youth, the strict enforcement of the law and the fight against corruption and nepotism.

The MPs also stressed on the need for extensive cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities to achieve the ambitions of the nation and its citizens. They also called on the Cabinet to promptly present its work program and annual plan to the Parliament for approval.

MP Ahmad Lari said he will not approve the Development Plan because it was “built on falsehood for the sake of personal gains.” He said the annual plan for the fourth year was prepared by ‘people’ on the strength of the people with selfish interests. He said he intends to form an investigate committee to explore the discrepancies and violations in development projects.

MP Abdulhameed Dashti, along with other lawmakers, has submitted a request for a special session to discuss alleged violations in the Public Institute for Social Security and the Sheikh Jaber Bridge project.
Meanwhile, the Parliament has elected executive members for Kuwait Parliamentary Division Committee. MP Ali Omair was elected Chairman of the committee with 46 votes ahead of his rival Hussein Al-Qallaf with only 10 votes. MP Yaqoub Al-Sane was elected a Secretary of the committee with 32 votes defeating his rival MP Asker Al-Enzi who obtained 27 votes. Also MP Saleh Ashour was elected treasurer of the committee with 35 votes ahead of his rival Taher Al-Failakawi who obtained 24 votes.

Furthermore three MPs were elected to be part of the six executive members of the committee. They are: Adel Kharafi, Abdullah Al-Mayouf and Mubarak Al-Nejada.

After this election, the Parliament unanimously approved the budget for the Kuwait Parliamentary Division Committee.

The Parliament also elected four MPs to represent Kuwaiti Parliament in the Arab Parliamentary Union. The MPs are Saad Al-Khanfour, Faisal Al-Kandari, Ahmed Al-Mulaifi and Hisham Al-Baghli.

The Speaker of the Parliament Ali Al-Rashid then adjourned the session to next two weeks.

In another development, parliamentary sources told the Arab Times that a number of MPs are planning to open the file of death sentences which were suspended six years ago, indicating the suspension of executing the death sentence did not deter the perpetrators from committing murders to the contrary there has been about 200 percent increase in the crime over the last five years which is very strange especially the judiciary had, in the past, issued many death sentences but they were not executed.

The sources added the lawmakers will ask ministers of Interior and Justice to answer questions on what prevented from executing the death sentences despite its legality and constitutionality in accordance with Islamic Sharia. They expressed their astonishment over the delay of executing 27 death sentences.

On another issue, MP Saud Al-Huraiji commended the National Guard for opening the door for registration of non-commission officers and individuals who want to return back to service, indicating that there are many whose services ended in the National Guard due to resignation or break from work which he said was taken into consideration by the leaderships in the National Guard.

Al-Huraiji thanked Head of National Guard, Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and his deputy Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for their understanding towards the applicants and their need for return to their jobs, noting that this step is laudable because it contributes to solving unemployment in the society.
Al-Huraiji, meanwhile called on ministries of Defense and Interior to follow suit and reinstate those who had been laid off due to their absence or break from work “because that would address numerous problems of joblessness which had a negative effect on their families, and help solve their financial obligations.”


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim, Nihal Sharaf and Ben Arfaj Al-Mutairi

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