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Opposition in new political movement Minister skirts grill

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 27: The minister of information allegedly found a way to avoid the grilling that MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji intends to file against him through the removal a controversial person from the Kuwaiti sports delegation, which will leave on Saturday for an official assignment abroad. The minister is said to have ordered a thorough investigation on the person suspected of involvement in a crime. Earlier, Al-Turaiji threatened to grill the minister if he allows the accused to join the Kuwaiti delegation; asserting the minister will be subjected to political accountability if the delegation left the country with the accused. Commenting on the issue, MP Tana Al-Anazi praised the minister for his quick response to the demand of the lawmaker. He said the move “reflects cooperation and proper application of the law”. He called on other Cabinet members to follow in the footsteps of the information minister to avoid any confrontation in the future. Al-Anazi pointed out the work criteria of any leader should be based on efficiency, trust and the ability to apply the law without discrimination. He clarified the aim of any grilling request is to ensure the implementation of genuine reforms, not to instigate confrontations.

Meanwhile, the Financial, Economic, Legislative, Legal and Public Utilities committees will meet Sunday to discuss a number of issues. The Financial and Economic Affairs Committee will tackle some draft bills in the presence of State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Sabah, Deputy Premier and Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdul-Mohsen Al-Mudej or his representative, Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh, representatives of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and representatives of the Public Institution for Social Security. The Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee will discuss the public prosecution’s request to lift the immunity of National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem in a press misdemeanor case filed against him by MP Safa Al-Hashim and MP Abdul- Hameed Dashti in a similar case.

The Public Utilities Committee will deliberate on the government draft bill to establish the Public Transport Authority, as well as some proposals presented by the Ministry of Communications in this regard. In a related development, the Housing Affairs Committee referred three parliamentary proposals to the Public Utilities Committee — establishment of a civil council for the issuance of building and office permits and endorsement of plans for cities, studies and building materials; provision of plots along the borders of the State; and establishment of a construction or building council under the Cabinet. In another development, the Popular Action Bloc (PAB) set a press conference Thursday at the diwaniya of opposition leader, former MP Musallam Al-Barrak, to launch a new political movement called, ‘Popular Action Movement’.

Through this step, the Popular Action Bloc will be transformed into a political movement. It can be recalled that the bloc was founded in 2001 with a number of MPs as members. Other lawmakers joined the bloc later until it was represented in the last National Assembly in 2012 through the participation of former MPs Ahmad Al-Saadoun, Musallam Al-Barrak, Mohammed Al- Khalifa, Ali Al-Daqbasi, Khalid Tahous and Khalid Al-Shukhair

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

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