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Tuesday , September 29 2020

ASSEMBLY SET TO VOTE ON SEATING TWO SENTENCED MPs

MPs pull PM grilling – Government initiatives solve issues

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff KUWAIT CITY, Oct 29: The grilling request which was filed against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak by MPs Shu’aib Al-Muwaizri and Mohammed Al-Mutairi, and which was to be discussed during the opening session of the National Assembly, Tuesday, has been withdrawn.

Disclosing this, Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said he received a letter early today (Monday), from the two MPs requesting to withdraw their interpellation against the Prime Minister.

However, the interpellation which was filed against Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Adel Al-Kharafiby MP Riyadh Al-Adsani will come up for discussion. In the letter of withdrawal, the two MPs explained that the interpellation is a parliamentary tool in the hands of the MPs which is used in the best interest of the development and welfare of the country.

Since some of the grilling points have been or are being addressed by the government under the watchful eye of the MPs and the Kuwaitis, the interpellation against the Prime Minister which was filed on June 27 is withdrawn, after the government confirmed it will refrain from threatening citizens with revoking their nationalities, and maintain the current course of reform.

MP Shu’aib Al-Muwaizri asserted the government initiatives in solving issues of the country, some of which were included in the interpellation, are a result of Amiri orders to address suspended issues facing the country. He added, this is a commendable action and hopefully one that is not temporary, “this is why we withdrew our interpellation.”

However, the session will still vote on the issue of stripping the membership of MPs Waleed Al-Tabtabaei and Jama’an Al-Harbash since the Court of Cassation had issued a verdict against them for ‘storming’ the Parliament building. Speaking of this, the Speaker said this will be addressed in accordance with the Constitution and internal parliamentary regulations.

Each MP will be voted on separately, and although there are recommendations and committee reports to consider, the decision will be taken based on the majority votes for or against, nothing more nothing less. He noted that in order to drop the membership of any MP, there must be 33 votes in favor.

The question of legality and constitutionality of the motion can only be addressed after the vote. He asserted saying, “we should all go into the new legislative term with clear heads and optimism in order to overcome issues with ease and swiftness.”

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