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Bid to grant Kuwaiti’s expat wife the right to apply for ‘citizenship’

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MP submits bill amending Nationality Law No. 15/1959

KUWAIT CITY, June 2: MP Abdullah Al- Turaiji submitted a bill on amending Nationality Law number 15/1959 that stipulates granting a non-Kuwaiti woman married to a Kuwaiti the right to apply for Kuwaiti citizenship after 25 years of marriage provided the couple has at least five children. In case of divorce, the Kuwaiti nationality of the woman will be cancelled but this does not prevent her from obtaining a residency permit if the husband dies before they reach 25 years of being married; as long as they have children.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on Wednesday discussed the estimated budget of Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company (KIPIC) for fiscal 2021/2022, audited reports of the company and comments of the State Audit Bureau (SAB). On the same day, the Human Resources Committee deliberated on the appointments at Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) and its subsidiaries; while the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee discussed ways to develop local and overseas scholarships, higher education institutions and educational outputs to meet the labor market’s demands. The Housing Affairs Committee talked about the recent increase in the prices of construction materials.

On the other hand, MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari forwarded queries to 15 ministers about the number, salary and qualification of expatriate employees in their respective ministries; steps taken to implement the State’s policy to replace expatriates working in the public sector with nationals; plan to achieve the objectives of the replacement policy in the short and long terms; number of expatriate employees in the office of every minister, undersecretary, assistant undersecretary and directors of subsidiary companies or institutions; and if job vacancies were advertised prior to the appointment of expatriates. MP Marzouq Al-Khalifa asked Minister of Health Dr Basel Al- Sabah if Oxford Company requires a local agent to sign the contract for supplying AstraZeneca vaccine to Kuwait. If not, he wants to know why the Health Ministry did not sign the contract directly with Oxford Company.

MP Musaed Al-Ardi forwarded queries to Minister of Oil and Higher Education Muhammad Abdullatif Al-Fares about the investment and financial commitment of Kuwait in the Vietnam refinery since the beginning of the project, gains of the refinery, share of Kuwait, gains transferred to KNPC, challenges in the progress of the project, and if these challenges have been addressed. He requested for a detailed report on the steps taken by Kuwait Petroleum International and its subsidiaries to improve the position of the refinery, designations, salaries and other privileges granted to Kuwaiti employees at the refinery.

MP Al-SaifiMubarak Al-Saifiasked Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada to provide him with the minutes of the meetings held by the executive directors of various departments at Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), decisions they issued in the last five years, tenure of the executive directors, date of the last reshuffl e, amount granted to AGC Equity Partners for investment including the losses and gains, date of establishing Ajial Company in Morocco, its capital, gains and losses since inception, and list of those who served as the company’s board chairman.

In another development, sources said the government will most likely be absent from the special session of the National Assembly on Thursday. This session is allotted for voting on the bills amending the law on the establishment of the Administrative Court and expanding the authority of the court to rule on appeals filed by individuals against decisions on nullifying or withdrawing their Kuwaiti nationality. Moreover, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim congratulated his Italian counterpart Roberto Fico on the National Day of Italy. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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