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Kuwaiti Minister of Justice, Awqaf (Islamic endowments) and Islamic Affairs, Nayef Al-Ajmi

KUWAIT CITY, April 4: High level sources disclosed that the resignation of the Minister of Justice, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Nayef Al-Ajmi has been accepted, noting the minister has resigned due to health reasons.

Cabinet’s official acceptance of Dr Al-Ajmi’s resignation is now evident and it’s expected to make an official announcement at its next meeting on Monday, although, there is a “lobby” pushing the situation toward aggravation and striving to upset the political scene to cause embarrassment to both the government and the parliament by inciting clashes to ruin their relationship. As regards Al-Ajmi’s resignation, sources indicated ‘’it is not strange or puzzling for accepting the resignation just few days after the cabinet renewed confidence in the minister, and perhaps, the move aims to avert humiliating the minister, as his resignation seems to be based upon health grounds and has nothing to do with America’s allegations that he supports terrorism’’.

Meanwhile, MP Safaa Al-Hashim announced that she added two new angles to the interpellation she had proposed against the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the two agendas relate to the minister aiding terrorism and deception, affirming she will officially present the interpellation on April 29. In a press statement, MP Al-Hashim wondered why the cabinet renewed confidence in the minister despite he has been accused of aiding terrorism. According to report, the minister supports “Al-Nusra Front’’ among other armed factions in Syria...”Al-Hashim stated. For his part, MP Hamdan Al-Azmi considered the acceptance of the Awqaf Minister’s resignation due to the US Treasury report as “unwanted interference in Kuwait’s internal affairs”, adding “Dr Al-Ajmi is one of the best ministers, and all he did was charity work, which we are proud of.’’

Meanwhile, as regards the accusations leveled against Al-Ajmi by the US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen, Al-Ajmi said he had asked to be released of his duty due to issues of health that predate Cohen’s allegation. Al-Ajmi according to sources said, the cabinet, which had given him full support last Monday, would consider his request this coming Sunday. He disclosed undergoing tests in London at the time reports of Cohen’s comments surfaced in the Kuwaiti media last month, and he had to cut his trip short and headed back home.

A statement released after last Monday’s cabinet meeting said the ministers had followed Cohen’s comments “with great attention and displeasure”, and he acknowledged participating in fund-raising campaigns for Syria, but insisted they had been for humanitarian purposes and not for Syria’s al-Qaeda member, Al-Nusra Front, as alleged by Cohen

By: Raed Yusuf, Ayed Al-Enezi and Nasser Qadeeh Al-Seyassah Staff

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