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MP Al-Fuzai eyes grilling requests against ministers ‘Final solution loans issue or else …’

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25: MP Nawaf Al-Fuzai has affirmed his plan to grill the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mustafa Al-Shamali if he does not find a solution to the accrued interests of consumer loans of citizens.

He also disclosed he will soon present a grilling request against Minister of Oil Hani Hussein for what he called numerous administrative and financial violations in the ministry.

In a press statement, Al-Fuzai said the Minister of Finance deserve to be grilled if he continues to oppose to write off interests on loans. He added, “This issue deserves to be resolved because of the suffering it inflicts on several citizens.”

This came when the minister reaffirmed the interests on loans will not be written off as proposed by the lawmakers and that the only solution lies in the “Defaulters Fund” created by the former government to solve this problem.

The minister added, “The government rejects writing off the interests on loans because doing this is unfair and will put a burden on the State budget.” He noted, the government in the past had approved the salary increments and allowances of the state employees.

In a related issued, MP Abdullah Al-Mayouf disclosed the lawmakers are working to complete a final acceptable draft bill to write off the interests on loans and present it to the Parliament for approval.
He stressed the government must understand that this issue is an essential and critical popular issue that needs to be resolved quickly to end the sufferings of many citizens.

Meanwhile, parliamentary sources disclosed several parliamentary committees will meet next Sunday to discuss many important issues before the next parliamentary regular session on Feb 5, 2013.

According to sources, the Interior and Defense committee will discuss its priorities based on the letter the committee has received from the Speaker of the Parliament, Ali Al-Rashid to set up five top priorities that will be addressed in this legislative term.

The Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee will discuss a number of draft bills in addition to many requests from the Public Prosecution to lift the parliamentary immunity of some MPs.

Furthermore, the Human Rights and Bedoun Committee will continue its discussions on the issue of financial assistance for bedoun in the presence of Minister of Justice and Minister of Away and Islamic Affairs, Sharida Al-Moasherji and Director-General of Zakat House Abdul-Kadir Dahi Al-Ajeel.


By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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