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Court verdict expected Jan 23 on petitions over poll results ‘Alleged ministerial reshuffle in 2 weeks not true’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 1: The Constitutional Court is expected to announce its verdict on petitions against the results of the last parliamentary elections on Jan 23, 2014. This raised hopes among some factions in and outside the Parliament on the possibility of amending the Electoral Constituency Law in a manner that serves their interests. However, highly reliable sources said the government remains firm in its decision to reject recommendations to amend the law. Sources said the Constitutional Court had previously fortified electoral constituency law number 42/2006 but amended it to become law number 20/2012 which is known as the ‘one-vote decree’, so this means the matter has been finalized and cannot be debated again. Sources explained that according to the law, the government endorsed the suggestion of various political and public circles to leave it as it is — five constituencies. They wondered why some people insist on linking the verdict with the amendment of the law.

Meanwhile, sources clarified the alleged ministerial reshuffling in the next two weeks is not true. They said the efforts exerted to push for the postponement of interpellation against Minister of State for Municipality Affairs Salem Al- Utheina and the no-confidence motion against State Minister for National Assembly, Development and Planning Affairs Dr Rola Dashti until Dec 24 is aimed at proving to the public that there is no intention to change the formation of the government in the near future. However, sources did not dismiss the possibility that the government will carry out extensive reshuffling in case the Constitutional Court issues its verdict before the Dec 24 parliamentary session.

The reshuffling process will probably affect six low-profile ministerial dockets. On the interpellation of Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Zhikra Al-Rashidi, sources close to the minister said she has instructed all concerned departments to prepare documented response to the questions included in the grilling, such as the alleged violations in cooperative societies.

By: Raed Yusuf, Ayed Al-Enezi & Nasser Qadeeh Al-Seyassah Staff

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