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KUWAIT CITY, April 19: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim said he received two letters from the government — one to apologize for not attending the session slated for voting on the no-cooperation motion against it and another dated April 11, 2022 stating it cannot attend the upcoming sessions due to its resignation. Asked when a decision will be taken regarding the resignation of the government, Al-Ghanim pointed out this is in the hands of his Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He explained this was the same case in 1965 when the then government resigned. At the time, the constitutional experts affirmed that the decision on the resignation of the government is under the sole jurisdiction of His Highness the Amir and this should not be discussed in the Assembly directly or indirectly, he added.
If the resignation of the government is approved and the resigned prime minister is assigned to deal with urgent issues, Al-Ghanim will coordinate with the premier and call for a special session to vote on the Retirees Bill since this is urgent. He cited the special session for the ratification of the Sports Law, indicating the government also resigned at the time but the session was held due to the urgent nature of the bill as it was needed in lifting sanctions imposed on local sports.
Meanwhile, a large number of citizens responded to the invitation of Al-Ghanim to a Ramadan ghabga (Holy Month Meal) in his house in Abdullah Al-Salem. He expressed his gratitude to all those present, especially those who could not enter the house because of the big crowd. He also apologized to his neighbors for the traffic jam and huge crowd in the neighborhood, asserting this is his responsibility and that he is always keen on working in the interest of the people.
On the other hand, MP Osama Al- Shaheen argued that not calling for the special session is a violation of the Constitution. He pointed out that while the Amir of Qatar pushed for increasing the pension of retirees, the Kuwaiti government has been disrupting such efforts. He added the Public Institution for Social Security Law has three articles mandating the government to distribute profits to retirees. He disclosed Article 10 of the law gives the Board of Directors of the institution the authority to distribute surplus money to retirees, Article 21 gives the board the authority to increase the pension based on a decision issued by the concerned minister, and Article 80 stipulates exceptional pension and incentives for retirees and employees registered in the institution as per the decision of the Council of Ministers. In another development, the Assembly office issued a statement strongly condemning the Zionist storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as the repeated attacks on Muslim and Christian holy places.
The office described the recent storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque as a brutal action supported by military forces. It lauded the steadfastness of unarmed Palestinian people in and outside Jerusalem, highlighting the official and public Palestinian position on the issue. The office then called on the international community to put pressure on the concerned authorities to intensify efforts to protect the worshippers. It also stressed the need to stop Jewish rituals and presentation of animal sacrifice inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, release the Palestinian war prisoners, and stop attacks on refugee camps. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff