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‘Move Egyptian Consulate out of residential area’

Action urged on Legal Reform Commission

KUWAIT CITY, March 25: MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei and several other lawmakers intend to submit a request to expedite discussion and approval of the bill on establishing the Legal Reform Commission.

Al-Tabtabaei affirmed National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim supports the bill which was submitted in 2017. He asserted the bill should no longer remain in the pipeline because it is necessary in raising legislative standards. He revealed the commission has the same weight as the State Audit Bureau (SAB) in terms of reform efforts, considering it will submit its own reports about bills and proposals based on international standards. He added the commission exists in more than 70 countries.

Meanwhile, Al-Tabtabaei confirmed submission of a proposal to amend the Social Security Law in order to address loan interest rates. This is in collaboration with MP Safa’a Al-Hashem. He disclosed the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee is currently reviewing the proposal which, he noted, is a popular demand.

MP Safa Al Hashim

On the other hand, Al-Hashem has forwarded a letter to Foreign Affairs Ministry Undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah about the relocation of the Egyptian Consulate from Al-Rawda to Al-Salaam. She argued this does not solve the issue as Al-Salaam is another residential area which will suffer from traffic congestion and overcrowding caused by visitors of the consulate. She said this will inconvenience the residents of Al-Salaam, the same way it did to the residents of Al-Rawda.

Therefore, the MP asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to solve the problem by allocating a non-residential area for all consulates, diplomatic envoys and embassies.

In another development, MP Yousef Al-Fadala submitted a bill to amend Law No. 12/1963 regarding regulations on parliamentary membership cancellation. The bill stipulates that membership will be cancelled immediately and the vacant seat will be announced without voting if the MP is convicted of felony.

In case the MP fails to meet any of the conditions for parliamentary membership stipulated in Article 82 of the Constitution or the Election Law, the Speaker should refer the case to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee which will review the case and submit its report within two weeks. The Assembly will discuss the committee’s report in the first session after the two-week period, during which the concerned MP will be given a chance to defend his position. Voting will follow and the Assembly should disclose its decision on the matter within two weeks

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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