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Cabinet affirms MPs right to subject ministers to ‘grilling’ Govt discusses interpellation by Al-Kharafi

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4, (KUNA): The government, in its weekly meeting Monday, reaffirmed that interpellation was a constitutional right for every MP but should be within constitutional framework and the statute of parliament. “Interpellation is a constitutional right for the National Assembly Member to achieve objective parliamentary supervision on the Executive Authority, so exercising it should be within constitutional frameworks and regulations and the statute of the National Assembly,” Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a statement after the cabinet meeting, chaired by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah.

The government made its position as it discussed an interpellation by MP Adel Al- Kharafi against Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity and Water. Meanwhile, the cabinet was briefed by Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh on the establishment of companies that would build and develop warehouses and border crossings in Salmi and Abdali.

The cabinet took note of a letter from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to His Highness the Prime Minister in which he thanked him on his greetings for His Highness the Amir’s Eighth Anniversary in office. It took note of two letters to His Highness the Amir from UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon and Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Graziano da Silva who congratulated His Highness Sheikh Sabah on the successful donors conference for Syria, and thanked the State of Kuwait for its $500 million donation.

The cabinet also reviewed a letter from Algerian Prime Minister Abdulmalek Sallal to His Highness the Prime Minister in which he invited him to visit Algeria. The government welcomed Monday’s visit of Yemeni President Abd Rabuh Mansur Hadi. It also welcomed the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s two-day visit to Kuwait that would begin Tuesday.

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