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Parliament concludes second session … 14 laws approved

Twenty-one agreements okayed

KUWAIT CITY, June 28, (KUNA): The National Assembly concluded Wednesday the second session of its fifteenth term.

The session, which started on Oct 24, 2017, witnessed the adoption of 14 laws, endorsement of 21 agreements and memoranda of understanding.

The lawmakers also presented, during the session, seven grilling motions against His Highness the Premier and several Cabinet ministers.

Among the main laws that were adopted by the Parliament during the session were: the new sports law which paved the way for FIFA’s lifting of Kuwait’s suspension from international events; law on the recruitment of non-Kuwaitis in the Kuwaiti army; the law on the conflict of interests and the early retirement law.

The lawmakers gave their thumbs up to 21 agreements, memoranda of understanding and protocols for cooperation between Kuwait and other countries and international or regional organizations. At the forefront of the ratified pacts were: the Paris Agreement on climate change; an MoU for security cooperation with Iraq; an agreement with NATO to set up and operate a regional center in Kuwait; an agreement with Japan for technical cooperation; and a MoU for cyber security cooperation with the UK government.

Moreover, lawmakers brought His Highness the Prime Minister and several members of his government to the podium for grilling several times.

Out of seven grilling motions submitted during the session, two were against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and two others against Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh.

Notably, former minister of state for cabinet affairs and acting minister of information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah rendered his resignation after a grilling motion against him ended with a request from 10 MPs for a non-confidence vote.

Thank

Following the conclusion of the session, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent cables to National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and His Highness the Premier Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak to thank them for their relentless efforts and fruitful cooperation to serve Kuwait and its people.

In his cable to the Speaker, His Highness the Amir praised the Parliament’s achievements during the term, namely the laws and regulations aimed at the public and ushering forward reform and development in the nation.

He commended the chief lawmaker’s efforts in administering the Parliament’s sessions and cooperating with other lawmakers amid the common goal of making these achievements a reality.

He hailed the fruitful cooperation between the legislative and executive branches, expressing confidence this would continue in future sessions in the spirit of democratic practice.

In his cable to His Highness the Prime Minister, His Highness the Amir commended the prime minister’s cooperation with fellow ministers and lawmakers amid the common goal of making these achievements a reality.

In a speech at the closing of the session read out on his behalf by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak stated that government’s cooperation to overcome all obstacles and provide all what is needed for a successful parliamentary work is a confirmation of sincere intentions to serve public interest.

He noted that these constructive efforts have resulted in great achievements, the passage of much needed legislations push forward reforms and achieve prosperity and development for Kuwait.

He added that Parliament sessions were keen on the proper parliamentary practices and discussions that took place in a friendly atmosphere and a constructive substantive dialogue.

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