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Comprehensive solution to Bedouns issue expected soon, says Speaker

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Kuwait National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim

KUWAIT CITY, July 21: In accordance with an Amiri directive, a comprehensive and just solution to the ‘illegal residents’ (Bedouns) issue will be laid down during the summer period, says Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim. Speaking to reporters at the Parliament building, Al-Ghanim pointed out it is unacceptable to meddle with and complicate the citizenship and national identity issues.

He emphasized the importance of this initiative, affirming that it is in accordance with the instructions of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He said the Bedoun issue should not be subjected to political meddling and it should not be an item in political negotiations, indicating the national identity and Kuwaiti citizenship files are red lines nobody should cross.

He confirmed there is a governmental initiative to solve the ‘illegal residents’ issue, but it was not announced in order to ensure its success and to prevent parties with ill intentions from benefiting from the process or result. He explained that he cannot divulge details as talks and deliberations between the Parliament, government and other concerned authorities on several points are still underway.

He reiterated the solution will be just and conclusive, taking into account all humanitarian aspects without any effect on national identity. He said the Parliament will endorse the solution by the beginning of the next legislative round; but if circumstances demand for earlier approval, a special legislative session will be held. He asserted, “We neither created nor started this problem as it was inherited by every sector in the country.” He hopes this generation will put an end to the issue once and for all.

Furthermore, the parliamentary Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee continued its discussion on the constitutionality of MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari’s interpellation against HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak. Committee Chairman MP Khalid Al-Shatti revealed that they looked into the government’s point of view on the interpellation. Based on the 37-page report presented by Minister of Justice Fahad Al-Afasi, the government believes the interpellation is unconstitutional. The government noted that the interpellation points do not address the general policy of the country – the only area where the premier is politically obligated to answer, he clarified.

Al-Shatti said the committee has yet to finalize its decision as it intends to discuss the opinions of other concerned bodies and individuals. Since the committee began addressing this case file without preconceptions, the decisive factor will be the Constitution. The committee will submit its report on the interpellation before the next legislative round, he added. On the other hand, the committee also tackled the constitutionality of the proposal of Deputy Parliament Speaker MP Eissa Al-Kandari to establish the National Council for Women as per the request of the Women and Family Affairs Committee. The committee decided to invite Al-Kandari to a discussion of the proposal in order to clarify certain points and finalize its decision.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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