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 KUWAIT CITY, March 14: Rapporteur of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee MP Hamdan Al-Azmi says the committee will hold a meeting next Tuesday with the Government to discuss the latest developments in the Gulf region especially after Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain decided to recall their ambassadors from Qatar. Speaking to reporters, MP Al-Azmi revealed that the meeting was initially scheduled for Sunday but it has been postponed to Tuesday because many of the committee members are part of the Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation that is attending an Inter- Parliamentary Union meeting in Geneva.

He indicated that the committee will also discuss the decision taken by Saudi Arabia to list Muslim Brotherhood Group as a terrorist organization. In another development, MP Adnan Abdulsamad says he has received information that a company affiliated to Kuwait Investment Authority has been sold. He revealed that he has submitted queries regarding this matter to the Minister of Finance Anas Al-Saleh, urging for a quick response from the minister. Meanwhile, MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah affirmed that the current Parliament is among the ‘strongest’ ones in Kuwait’s history because of the two verdicts the Constitutional Court issued in its favor. He insisted that the members of the current parliament are advocates of reform and not advocates of crises, stressing that this fact is evident from the genuine interpellations submitted by the MPs unlike some MPs of the past whose interpellations were full of suspicions, mistrust and use of loud voices. “Many were wary when MP Marzouq Al-Ghanem became the National Assembly Speaker as he was an opposition member.

However, the opposite of what we expected happened when we realized that Al-Ghanem was following the approach of former Speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi”, said MP Al-Zalzalah. He explained that Al-Ghanem has the knack for harmonizing the relations between the executive and legislative authorities and extinguishing the fire of sectarianism, adding, “He has succeeded in closing the gaps in the relations between the two authorities and will continue to do so as a part of his responsibility of being a National Assembly Speaker”. He stressed that the current political scene reflects the conscious efforts being taken to develop the country without any problems. MP Al-Zalzalah went on to say, “Tensions and troubles contribute nothing to the country’s civilization and development; rather, they paralyze its progress.

However, this does not mean we should not hold the government accountable for errors. I support the use of interpellations because it exposes the mistakes made by the ministers. The recent grilling request filed against the Minister of Public Works is an ideal example because it uncovered the violations committed in the surfacing of roads”. He emphasized the keenness of the Parliament to cooperate with the Government for accelerating development and progress in the country without any conflicts or disagreements, which was evident from the fact that the interpellations ended without passing any noconfidence vote against any minister.

He said the current Parliament is confident that it will complete its legal term without creating problems, adding that it will grill ministers only to correct flaws. MP Al-Zalzalah revealed that the citizens are not satisfied with the current Government because of some ministers who are incapable of leading their ministries particularly the technical-related ones. He clarified, “Considering this situation, we have two options. The first option is we can insist on changing all the inefficient ministers. However, this may lead to the dissolution of the Parliament, which we do not want. The second option is to deal with the current situation as it is and choose to remain calm especially since HH the Prime Minister has promised to replace any minister who is incapable of handling and developing his ministry”.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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