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‘Nod’ to expat residence bill Resignations up on Thursday

KUWAIT CITY, May 13: The Parliament approved the Expatriate Residency Bill in its second reading Tuesday. The bill was referred to the government which will disclose details later to pave the way for implementation of the proposal after its publication in the official gazette.

The bill states that any expatriate who enters the country illegally will be imprisoned for not more than three years and fined not more than KD 3,000.

In case they return after deportation, they will be imprisoned for not more than five years and fined not more than KD 5,000.

The original bill stated ‘imprisoned for not less than three years and fined for not less than KD 3,000.’

In case of repeat offence the original stated ‘imprisoned for not less than five years and fined for not less than KD 5,000.’

Meanwhile, the National Assembly postponed until Thursday taking a decision on the resignation of five MPs - Safa Al-Hashem, Ali Al-Rashed, Riyadh Al-Adsani, Abdulkareem Al-Kandari and Hussain Al-Queian. During deliberations on the resignation Tuesday, most of the Assembly members agreed on delegating the Speaker to contact the five MPs to convince them to reconsider their decision as he did the week before.

The Assembly then decided to finalize discussion on the resignation on Thursday. MP Mubarak Al-Khurainij proposed postponement of the discussion until the end of the current parliamentary term in June to give everyone enough time to contemplate their decision.

Agreeing with his colleague, MP Hamdan Al-Azmi argued that at the end of the day, whether some MPs disagree with those who submitted their resignation letters or not, the fact remains that they have contributed to the development of the country.

Therefore, he supports the call to give them more time to rethink their decision. Nonetheless, the Assembly asked the Speaker to contact the five MPs and the decision on their resignation will be finalized in a special session slated for Thursday.

The Speaker affirmed it is better for the Assembly to take the decision soon because any further delay is not good for both the legislature and the resigning MPs. In another development, the Parliament turned down the request of the Public Prosecution to lift the immunity of MPs Hamdan Al-Azmi, Faisal Al- Duwaisan, Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi and Nabil Al-Fadel on press misdemeanor cases citing conspiracy to disrupt the work of the MPs.

However, the Parliament approved the request to lift the immunity of MP Safa Al-Hashim on misdemeanor case number 4/2014 and Al-Fadel in another misdemeanor case. On the alleged distribution of spoilt meals in schools, the minister of education and higher education informed the Parliament that the two companies, which supplied the meals, have been identified.

He also confirmed the issuance of a directive to take the necessary action against the companies, indicating their contracts will be terminated and they will be asked to leave the country permanently.

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

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