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Salafist Bloc played no role in my govt post: oil minister Dow case referred to Audit: Al-Omair

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 20: Minister of Oil, the State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr Ali Al- Omair disclosed that he insisted on taking the responsibility of Oil Ministry before joining in the new Cabinet, affirming “I was approached three times to participate in government but I refused because the time wasn’t appropriate”, reports Al- Rai daily.

He refuted that Salafist Bloc had played a part in his involvement in the new government, and noted the bloc is not usually consulted to recommend any of its members to head a ministry or chose a ministry. “I only joined the new Cabinet based on my personal decision, just like member of the Salafist bloc and former Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Shareeda Al- Moasherji did”, he indicated.

With reference to Dow Chemical file and the special parliamentary session held on Tuesday to discuss the issue, Al-Omair said the session neither intended to hold any person responsible for the huge mistake that led to the country paying a mammoth fine nor meant to acquit any person of the blame. The session had recounted the Dow Chemical bargain from the time when it was initiated in 2007 until the phase of paying the fine in May, 2013.

In the end, the government and the parliament unanimously agreed on referring the issue to State Audit Bureau, he noted. He also said incumbent investigation committees formed by the Council of Ministers to probe the issue will keep working on the case and “I will refer any official involved in the case to the judiciary”.

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