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National Assembly set to resume sessions

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 26: After almost three months of recess the National Assembly will resume its work Oct 27, 2015. The 4th regular session of the 14th Legislative Term is scheduled to be opened by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad. During the opening ceremony members of the Amiri Diwan, the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet, the Parliament Speaker, MPs and members of the diplomatic Corps and other dignitaries are expected to be present. The opening ceremony program includes an address by HH the Amir, the Speaker and the Prime Minister.

The Parliament will then move to elect the Secretary and Observer of the Parliament. After the election of observer, the Parliament will look into the interpellation request filed by MP Mohammed Tana against the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh, and if the MPs agree to postpone the discussion to two weeks according to what is expected, the Parliament will move to the next agenda — the election of the parliamentary committees. This includes the permanent and temporary committees.

Meanwhile, parliamentary sources disclosed MP Adel Al- Kharafi is expected to retain his current position as Secretary of the Parliament. He is expected to win this post unopposed since there is no MP vying to challenge him for this seat and that all MPs prefer him to hold that post. MPs Abdullah Al-Tamimi and Saadoun Al-Otaibi are expected to contest for the post of Observer post.

However, Al- Otaibi will withdraw his bid if MP Mohammed Al-Huwailah expresses his desire to run for this post. In the meantime, MP Ouda Al-Ruwaie has disclosed that the Parliament has agreed on the MPs who will fill the membership of the most of the parliamentary committees without the need for it in the beginning of the new session. He explained the prevailing atmosphere among members of the two authorities, the executive and the legislative bodies, is good for achievement and reform.

He stressed, “No matter how many grilling requests are filed against ministers they will not impede cooperation between the two executive branches, because in the end interpellation is meant to address the error and not necessarily to file a no-confidence motion or remove any minister.

In another development, MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji disclosed that he has filed a lawsuit with the Anti-Corruption Public Authority against the Director-General of General Customs Department for covering up cases of corruption, bribery and messing up with public money. He added he has presented to the authority all the information in his possession and documents to substantiate his claims and hopes the authority will do the needful.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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