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Al-Jeran’s proposal ‘aims’ to protect youth from extremism ‘Strategic salary’ for final decision in Sept

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 30: MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeran with a number of his colleagues intends to present an elaborate program to identify the concept of true moderation in Islam. The program will be referred to Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs through the Educational Affairs Committee of Parliament and adopted for the Center of Moderation, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Jeran explained the proposal aims to protect the youth from extremism. He is expected to meet the deputy premier, minister of interior, acting minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Al- Khalid in the coming days to present the program. He commended the step the minister took by visiting the Moderation Center, stressing the nation needs to know the true concept of moderation and not the concept restricted to a certain group or party. He further stated the Moderation Center in Kuwait was established after an American soldier was shot by a Kuwait citizen who said during investigations that all Americans should leave Kuwait.

Al-Jeran wished the center had addressed the Kuwaiti youth earlier when it was established “but we discovered its efforts were focused outside Kuwait, although some Kuwaiti youths these days promote radical ideas and principles. He reiterated the center must adopt more than one speech to address the various segments of Kuwaiti society that includes children, the literate and illiterate, as well as youths and women — in an attempt to control all aspects of extremism in its cradle. Meanwhile, the cabinet has decided to discuss the strategic salary alternative file at the session to be held in mid- September for a final decision, reports Al-Anba daily quoting government sources.

The same sources indicated the board of Civil Service Commission (CSC) is still discussing the issue and the final phase will be accomplished soon, as the Finance Ministry still disagrees with CSC on some points it considers as not in line with efforts to control the country’s general budget and other recommendations such as the international studies conducted by World Bank and former British premier Tony Blair in that concern.

They added the opinion of Fatwa and Legislation Department should be considered in this issue, noting the cabinet has given instructions to the Finance Minister Anas Al-Saleh to settle the argumentative points with all concerned authorities and refer the file for discussion at its meeting in the middle of September in the presence of all concerned authorities for a final decision. In the meantime, There are no indications that the Cabinet will be reshuffled prior to the third parliamentary term of the National Assembly but government will try to fill the vacant positions within this period, reports Al-Jaridah daily quoting a top governmental source. Indicating that the Cabinet will attend the opening session alongside two new faces to replace Dr Nayef Al-Ajmi and Ahmad Al- Mulaifi, the source said the vacancies will be filled based on two scenarios. He explained that one of the scenarios is that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education will be split into two with one minister each due to the huge responsibilities of each ministry, while the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs will be linked to any of the existing ministries.

The second scenario is to appoint a minister for Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and a minister for Ministry of Education and Higher Education, which means that the latter will not be split. The source explained that the current situation does not encourage reshuffling of the Cabinet because of the country’s need for stability and caution especially considering the events occurring in some neighboring countries. He insisted that there is no need to change the ministers as they are performing satisfactorily.

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