KUWAIT CITY, Dec 12: MP Riyadh Al-Adsani has warned the new government against appointment of officials based on favoritism, claiming HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah played a minor role in the selection of Cabinet members as this task was carried out by the Parliament Speaker and defense minister.
He wondered why the prime minister chose a defense minister who should have been given the economic and development affairs portfolio considering the latter’s interest in the economy, development and Silk City.
He expressed reservation over certain Cabinet appointments like Sheikh Nasser Al- Sabah as Minister of Defense, the state minister for National Assembly Affairs, and designation of one person to handle two ministries – Public Works and Municipality Affairs.
On the other hand, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee MP Hamad Al-Harshani congratulated the new government for gaining the trust of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, wishing them success in performing their duties. He said the new government was formed amid challenges and dangers surrounding the country; hence, the need for the ministers to be responsible and to cooperate with the Assembly in the ratification of important laws.
Meanwhile, several lawmakers met Tuesday in the office of MP Mohammed Al-Mutair to continue their discussion on those imprisoned for storming the legislative building. Present at the meeting were MPs Mohammed Hayef, Thamer Al-Suwait, Omar Tabtabaei, Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie, Abdul Wahab Al-Babtain, Osama Al-Shaheen, Adel Al-Damkhi, Abdullah Fahad, Khalid Al-Otaibi, Nayef Al-Mirdas, Abdul Karim al- Kandari and Mohammed Al-Dalal.
Al-Damkhi explained the meeting is the continuation of their expression of solidarity with the legislative building storming convicts. He disclosed the legal team handling the case presented updates during the meeting. He added they decided to send a message to the Assembly Speaker on the need for the legislature to announce its stand on the case, indicating another meeting will be held on Monday at the office of MP Jamaan Al-Harbash to tackle pending issues and formation of the new government.
Moreover, Information Minister Mohammed Al-Jabri said he will spare no effort in serving the country, its leadership and people. He pointed out that it is always beneficial to begin with improving local media, taking into consideration the rapid technological development in this sector. He also unveiled his plan to present a vision on local media development to compete with its counterparts in the regional and international arenas.
Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh thanked His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Crown Prince and His Highness the Prime Minister for her reappointment. She said she will continue aiming for development to better serve the public, citing her keenness to complete automation projects to ensure easy and speedy processing of transactions.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff