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PILOTS, DNA, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS MINISTER LEAD CONCERNS – MPs lead sprint on packed agenda; Al-Kandari charges government interference in panel elections

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 12: MPs Khalaf Al-Enezi and Safa Al-Hashem were elected chairman and rapporteur respectively of the parliamentary Financial and Economic Affairs Committee on Monday.

In her statement after the committee meeting, Al-Hashem disclosed the committee will summon the concerned minister to discuss the decision to lay off some Kuwaiti employees and pilots in Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) and transfer them to other entities.

She went on to say the committee will open the economic reform document file on Wednesday, after looking into a number of files and reports in its agenda. She added, “The concerned government official must explain the functions of the State Ministry for Services Affairs and the concept of these services — whether electricity or water for example, or if it means the Customs Department and other bodies as we heard earlier.” She also demanded for clarifications on the functions of the economic affairs minister — a post entrusted to Hind Al-Sabeh, indicating she will submit questions in this regard.

On the other hand, committee member MP Ahmed Nabil Al-Fadel revealed that they have allocated two days every week for ordinary and extraordinary meetings. Meanwhile, MP Abdul Karim Al- Kandari criticized the government for allegedly interfering in the election of parliamentary committee members during the inaugural session.

He also unveiled his plan to present proposals to form a temporary committee which will be tasked to review all laws enacted by the previous Parliament, reduce the pre-trial detention period, and postpone enforcement of the Juvenile Law until July. He stressed the need to amend the DNA Law through the legislative authority as he has put forward a proposal to repeal the “flawed” law passed by the previous Parliament, pointing out the vision of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will never be realized without legislative intervention.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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