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Expat widows & divorcees’ Kuwaiti citizenship withdrawal under study

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Parliament panel refers memorandum to Ministry of Interior

KUWAIT CITY, March 27: The Fatwa and Legislation Department is currently studying the process of withdrawal of Kuwaiti citizenship from non- Kuwaiti women who had acquired it in accordance with Article 8 of the decree on Kuwaiti nationality after marrying Kuwaiti citizens, but then married non-Kuwaitis following divorce or the death of their Kuwaiti husbands, reports Al-Rai daily.

The department launched this study after the Parliament’s Interior and Defense Committee referred a memorandum to the Ministry of Interior requesting knowledge on the constitutionality of this decision. According to the memorandum, the Parliament’s Interior and Defense Committee asked the Ministry of Interior to know the possibility of adding a new paragraph to the draft law related to the naturalization of Kuwaiti women. The new paragraph goes like this – It provides for the withdrawal of Kuwaiti nationality from foreign women who acquired it based on Article 8 of the Amiri decree No. 15/1959 on Kuwaiti nationality and whose marital relationship ended with divorce or death and they married non-Kuwaitis”. This is based on the discussion that took place during the committee’s meeting.

The committee expressed its desire to know the point of view of the Ministry of Interior after taking the opinion of the Fatwa and Legislation Department in accordance with the procedures followed, so that the committee can take its decision after knowing the constitutionality of this addendum in accordance with all the opinions presented to it. The Ministry of Interior responded to the memo by saying, “The General Department of Legal Affairs has addressed the Fatwa and Legislation Department to respond to what was stated in this question so that the committee can take its decision after knowing the constitutionality of this addition, and you will be informed of the developments in this regard.”

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