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Lawmakers strongly condemn twin terror bombings in Beirut – Commerce minister warned over appointment

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 13: Kuwaiti lawmakers have strongly condemned the twin terrorist bombings which occurred Thursday in the southern suburbs of Beirut killing dozens of victims and called on all the rational people in the region to stand united in the face of terrorism and uproot this menace from our midst. The Head of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU) and Kuwaiti National Assembly Speaker Marzouk Ali Al-Ghanim expressed his full condemnation of the twin terrorist bombings which killed scores of innocent people.

In a cable sent to his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri, Al-Ghanim said, “We express our solidarity with Lebanon and its people in the face of this black terrorism which is targeting our homelands, without exception. We are confident in the ability of Lebanon to overcome all unjust attempts targeting its security and stability.” In his message, Al-Ghanim reiterated the need for regional and international organization to work in tandem to eradicate this menace from the face of the earth.

In the cable to Berri, Al-Ghanim expressed his sincere condolences and sympathies to the victims of the blasts. He prayed to Almighty God to have mercy on them and give their families and their loved ones patience and solace to overcome this tragedy.

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and member of the APU, Mubarak Al-Khreinej also condemned the suicide bombing incident in Lebanon which resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries of innocent people and destruction of the area. Al-Khreinej called this a cowardly terrorist act which targeted the security and stability of Lebanon in an attempt to spread confusion and promote sedition among the Lebanese people. He stressed the black terrorism doesn’t have a religion whose only aim is to destroy and promote chaos and discord among the united Lebanese people.

“This is what the terrorists have been doing by planting bombings from time to time in the Arab and Muslim countries. He called on everyone to stand united against the cowardly terrorism and work jointly to dry up the sources of terrorism in the region “because terrorism does not differentiate between people.” MPYusuf Al-Zalzalah also condemned this terrorist act “which is contrary to all laws, values and divine norms, Islam and humanity.” He said, it paints the brutality of those who promote the deviant ideology which the international community seeks to eliminate and drain its sources of funding.

Meanwhile, MP Madhi Al-Hajri has warned the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Yousef Al-Ali against appointing a director-general for the Public Authority for Industry from outside the authority. He pointed out if this happens it will be a blow to competent employees from within the organization. ‘We as MPs totally reject such behavior,” he said.

Al-Hajri stated injustice and exclusion of such competent national officials would lead to migration and reluctance to work in the government sector. He expressed his rejection to nominating or appointing people affiliated to certain blocs or favoritism, at the same time stressing that the criteria of competency and experience in the ministry are the decisive factors when it comes to such appointments in sensitive and important positions.

He appealed to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to reject these nominations and return things to their right perspective by giving everyone his right and not inflict injustice on anyone or exclude competent people. He also called on his fellow members of the Human Resources Development Committee of the National Assembly to speed the completion of its report on the appointments in senior positions and shun favoritism and passion at the expense of national interests.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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