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Experts cite obstacles that may cancel special session on ‘Dow’ Two commissions formed to conduct probe

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 12: Just before the special parliamentary session takes place to explain policies the government had implemented toward the Dow Chemical deal, experts have pointed to constitutional, legal and technical obstacles that may perhaps prevent the session from taking place. Amid invitations sent by Speaker of the National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanim to the MPs to attend the session in line with Article 72 of the parliamentary standing order, the Minister of Oil Ali Al-Omair affirmed that the Cabinet will look into the session’s agenda once they receive it, indicating “it’s not allowed to discuss issues that are still under investigation”.

With regard to Dow Chemical issue, two commissions have been formed to conduct the investigation and they have yet to come up with the findings, he noted. Al-Omair affirmed that “it’s impossible to talk about making those behind the losses accountable unless the investigations determine that violations were committed by specific individuals, adding that MP Yaqoub Al-Sane who is among the proponents of Dow Chemical discussion explained that the session has nothing to do with the mission of the two commissions investigating the issue. Meanwhile, sources said the chances of holding the session for discussing Dow Chemical issue are small, and if it happens, it won’t achieve any objective due to the many obstacles on the way.

They noted the government has been consulting the concerned bodies to provide significant information through which the government may excuse itself from attending the session. Amid the legal controversies, sources stressed the only practical option for the parliament and the government in the current issue is to postpone the session or hold it in secret, indicating “whatever the case, the session will end up with several recommendations”. They noted the recommendations may be forwarded to Public Funds Protection Committee, but nothing new will come out of it, because time is needed to complete the mission.

By: Raed Al-Yusuf Al-Seyassah Staff

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