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‘MPs resignations won’t derail Assembly march’ Al-Shayeh against amending Constitution

KUWAIT CITY, May 10: The incumbent National Assembly will continue moving towards the right path despite the resignation of some MPs who have no intention to rescind their decision, especially since HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah fully trusts the parliamentary members, reports Al- Rai daily quoting MP Dr Abdullah Al-Tureiji.

In a recent press statement, Al-Tureiji hopes the other MPs will not resign because of what happened in the last parliamentary session when the lawmakers discussed the interpellation request against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak. He believes the right decision will be taken in this regard, considering the issue has been included in the agenda for the coming legislative session and it will be handled within the constitutional framework.

Commenting on the same issue, MP Faisal Al-Shayeh has been quoted by Al-Jarida daily as saying that he regards the resignation of his colleagues as a personal matter but he still wishes they reconsider their decision. He argued that the MPs should not resign out of frustration over failure to realize certain objectives. He pointed out the lawmakers must keep on trying and accept the decision of the majority in line with the principles of democracy. In another development, Al-Shayeh admitted he was surprised by the action of those pushing for the amendment of the Constitution as they went to the extent of calling for street demonstrations. He reiterated his objection to any amendment which contravenes the constitutional texts.

He asserted a lawmaker’s willingness to cooperate with the government does not mean negligence because the real meaning of opposition is to stand against the executive authority if it is wrong and support it if it is right. On the other hand, Al-Rai daily has reported that former MP Ammar Al-Ajmi has voiced objection to calls for holding street protests to express political opinions. He said political clashes are not beneficial to Kuwait and its future, as the troublemakers might take advantage of the situation to realize personal goals. He also criticized the legislature for cancelling the interpellation against the premier, claiming the act is a violation of the Constitution. He asserted the resignation of MPs is expected under such circumstances as their power has been restricted; hence, the inability to perform their legislative role.

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