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Amir hails new confidence in minister

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday sent a cable to Deputy Premier and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al- Saleh, congratulating him on renewed confidence at parliament. In the cable, His Highness the Amir commended the minister’s efficient performance while replying to parliament queries, along with the elevated democratic practice which reflected the civilized image of the dear homeland.

His Highness the Amir wished everybody success in serving the dear nation. In an unexpected turn of events during the parliamentary session Tuesday, deliberations on the interpellation motion that MPs Mohammed Hayef and Mohammed Al-Mutair submitted against State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh concluded without any support or objection request, vote of no-confidence and recommendations from the Assembly.

In his rebuttal, the minister said he received one query from Al-Mutair and four from Hayef but these questions were submitted after the disclosure of the interpellation; rendering them irrelevant during the discussion. He explained the violations mentioned by the two MPs were issues raised by the State Audit Bureau (SAB).

He asserted these issues were addressed during the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee meeting, which he and the prime minister attended. He revealed the meeting concluded with an agreement on the formation of a team tasked to resolve the issues, wondering “how could this practice be considered an indication that the government is destroying State institutions.” On the alleged unjust employment of citizens in the Fatwa and Legislation Department, the minister affirmed there are regulations and policies in place for employing lawyers for the department, which will be subjected to investigations.

He promised to take care of anyone who experienced injustice during their job applications as he assured the concerned parliamentary committee not too long ago.

On irregularities in public tenders and squandering of public funds, he vehemently denied the MPs’ claim that SAB raised such issues. Commenting on the MPs’ allegation that some tenders were granted to his relatives, the minister pointed out they must report this case to the Anti- Corruption Authority and initiate an inquiry into his financial status.

Additionally, MP Abdulkareem Al- Kandari submitted an interpellation request against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak with Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim confirming that the request will be discussed in the next session. Al-Kandari’s interpellation request consists of the following points: absence of general policy of the government, putting governmental responsibilities on the shoulders of other entities, contradictions in the government’s policy on expenditures, their impact on the finances of citizens and the prime minister’s failure to protect the national identity.

Elaborating on his point about State expenditures, the MP said the government continuously issues statements regarding initiatives for financial reform and regulations on expenditures but maintains its directive on granting financial aid to other countries. Moreover, the Assembly also debated on the grilling motion of MPs Adel Al- Damkhi, Riyad Al-Adsani and Mohammed Al-Dallaal against Information Minister and State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri.

The motion consists of four points as follows: legal violations and abuse of power, irregularities at the ministry, violations at the Public Authority for Sports and parliamentary queries. The debate continued at the time of going to the press.

By Ahmed Al Naqeeb Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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