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Monday , January 18 2021

Government denies MP ‘cash for votes’ – Sharia issue raised

Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, contributing to a debate during Wednesday’s National Assembly session.

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 15: The Parliament allocated one hour of its session on Wednesday to discuss the multimillion deposit issue, leading to the approval of the following recommendations:

■ Amend the Anti-Corruption Law, particularly the stipulation on conflict of interest within one month.

■ Strengthen integrity and value of the Parliament by amending laws and internal bylaws. The Parliament must start discussing the proposed amendments within two months.

■ The State Audit Bureau and Anti-Corruption Public Authority should receive complaints and reports about deposits and transfers amounting to millions since 2006.

These institutions will submit a report in this regard, including ways to prevent the recurrence of such anomalies.

Before the discussion, Minister of Justice and State Minister for Parliament Affairs Dr Faleh Al-Azeb urged the MPs to respect constitutional rules and their oath, adding that the government stands on neutral ground in this case. He pointed out the constitutional rules state that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty, indicating crimes and punishments shall be determined only through a legal text. He asked them to refrain from violating these rules

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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