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MP slams reports on Bedoun expulsion plan

 KUWAIT CITY, Feb 26: MP Mohammed Al-Enizi has criticized reports published recently in some local newspapers that the Ministry of Interior is allegedly collecting information from neighboring countries in view of its intention to expel Bedoun families who participated in demonstrations despite promises to solve the Bedoun issue. According to Al-Enizi, it is unacceptable to prosecute the whole family of a youth who participated in a demonstration.

He stressed, “We will not allow such action. In case a Bedoun is accused of protesting illegally, he must be given fair and lawful trial.” In another development, Minister of Education and Higher Education Ahmed Al-Mulaifi will discuss the Al-Jaber University bill with the parliamentary Educational Committee next week. Sources pointed out the proposed establishment of Al-Jaber University was approved by the dissolved parliaments but nothing has been done until now. Sources confirmed the minister will explain reasons behind the non-implementation of the project and the government’s position on the issue to the committee during the meeting. Sources asserted the law on the establishment of the university has a number of loopholes and complications, which might prompt the government to submit a proposal to amend it to the National Assembly once the committee completes its report in this regard.

Sources said the government claims that it is unable to execute the mentioned law in its current form and composition, alleging the objective behind the passage of the bill was political rather than educational Furthermore, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem endorsed the agenda of the Parliament for its regular sessions on March 4 and 5. The most important bills to be discussed in the upcoming sessions include the establishment of a tribunal for ministers, housing care, and the number of applicants to be granted citizenship in 2014.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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