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Mall dance shakes MP … grilling set – Experts review request for emergency petrol session

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 25: The belly dance performance of an Arabian dance troupe at the Avenues Mall during the weekend as part of the festivities organized by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) sparked a debate on various social media platforms over the indecency and morality of the act. The controversy even reached the parliamentary arena with MP Ali Al-Khamees disclosing his intention to grill Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Homoud.

In a press statement, the MP pointed out the indecent and inappropriate act is considered a violation of the Constitution and laws of the State, as well as the Kuwaiti culture and traditions. He added this kind of act do nothing but spread corruption throughout the society, stressing it is unacceptable for a woman to dance in front of people “half-naked,” especially when the logo of NCCAL is displayed behind her.

He asserted that the goal to make the State of Kuwait a hub for Islamic culture in 2016 cannot be achieved by showcasing indecent acts, adding that by doing this, the Constitution and the laws governing NCCAL were thrown out and the Kuwaiti culture was disrespected. He went on to clarify that this violation has given him the green light to submit an interpellation motion against the concerned minister and to get to the bottom of the issue. He said he “did not move a finger” while determining proper channels for realizing the objectives of NCCAL.

In another development, acting Speaker of the Parliament MP Abdullah Al-Tamimi disclosed that constitutional experts are currently reviewing the request for an emergency session to discuss the petrol price hike. He said the experts are looking into the constitutionality of the motion, taking into consideration that three MPs put their official stamps instead of signing the petition.

Asked about the date of the session, the acting speaker explained that the submission of a request does not mean completion of the process the next day, as there are other steps which must be taken. He revealed the most important of these steps is the issuance of a decree by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to initiate a non-ordinary parliamentary term to pave the way for an emergency session.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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