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‘Law approves support for women married to expats’ Move to pull nationalities slammed

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Development and Planning Affairs Hind Al-Subaih has clarified that the previous Subsidies Law allowed the minister to grant social support to Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis and are the sponsors of their children with changes in the humanitarian and social aspects, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In response to the question of MP Sultan Al-Shimmari, the minister said the verdicts based on law number 12/2011 regarding public support are applicable to Kuwaiti families, individuals and the Kuwaiti women who sponsor children born to a non- Kuwaiti husband in case of divorce, death or disability of the husband provided a medical report approved by official authorities is presented.

She added Article Three of the law allows the minister to ask a public aid committee to provide cash subsidy under certain circumstances, such as the case of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis. She further indicated that the ministry has approved the proposal to modify Article Two of the law to include those with complete disability regardless of the reasons.

She affirmed the ministry has prepared a draft law to modify the article, which will be reviewed by the Fatwa and Legislation Department and then referred to the Cabinet and National Assembly for approval. Meanwhile, in an unrelated development former MP Safaa Al-Hashim has launched a scathing attack against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak due to the recent decision taken by the government to withdraw the citizenship of some people, claiming the procedures are applied partially and suspiciously as they are outside the constitutional frame, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Al-Hashim said several demands have been presented to handle the file of citizenship within the purview of the Constitution, indicating the government of Sheikh Jaber is contradicting as it sometimes declares that the decision of withdrawing citizenship is based on evidence those people are involved in activities deemed harmful to the country.

Yet, it later announced that the decision was taken after the discovery of forged documents. “We have shouldered the responsibility of trust and honesty which Kuwait’s people bestowed upon us. We performed duties the government had to perform when we matched the Amiri gift files with that of Kuwaitis’ in the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI).

We discovered then that about 62,000 citizenship files had questionable aspects which confirmed the violations. If you intend to swallow the pill of courage which you were hesitant to take it in the past, we tell you to take it and open the file of citizenship completely in line with constitutional and legal procedures, refer it to the Kuwaiti fair judiciary, and look into the alleged forgery. You have to ask the state minister to provide you with files of the Amiri gift and compare them with the PACI files to determine differences in the number of Amiri decrees issued in this domain,” she asserted.

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