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Sheikh Salman faces ‘no-confidence’ – Debate Feb 8

MPs Waleed Al-Tabtabaie and Saadoun Hamed Al-Otaibi engaged in a heated argument

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: The National Assembly on Tuesday debated on the interpellation motion against Information Minister and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah. At the end of the deliberation on the grilling request, the no-confidence motion was presented.

However, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim announced that the no-confidence motion will be debated on Feb 8, 2017. MPs Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie and Abdulwahab Al-Babtain had earlier submitted the motion in accordance with Article 100 of the Constitution which states that every member of the National Assembly may grill the premier and ministers on issue under their jurisdiction.

The three lawmakers accused the minister of causing the suspension of Kuwaiti sports, loss and wastage of public money, suspicion of serving personal interests by violating the Constitution and laws on public funds disbursements, financial and administrative irregularities, and prosecution of bloggers and publishers through the issuance of decisions and legislation restricting freedom of opinion and publication.

Information Minister Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah addressing MPs in reply to charges made against him in a grilling motion fi led by three MPs

The minister asserted that even though he has reservations on the grilling motion which, he said, violates the Constitution and bylaws of the National Assembly; he is ready to stand on the podium to clarify the issues. He vowed that he, along with sincere people, will not relent in their efforts to solve the problem – the international ban on Kuwait’s sports activities. He urged everybody to help in confronting those keen on tarnishing the reputation of Kuwait and its people in the international arena. He affirmed the government is ready to work with the National Assembly to put an end to this problem and to ensure a better future for Kuwaiti sports.

He claimed the grilling points are unclear, so he tried hard to understand the signifi- cance and goals of the motion itself. Meanwhile, Minister of Justice and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr Faleh Al-Azeb stressed the government has presented everything about the suspension of Kuwait’s sports activities — a clear manifestation of its willingness to cooperate with the Parliament addressing the problem. He asserted Sheikh Salman’s queries on the interpellation motion were aimed at clarifying the grilling points as stated in the ruling of the Constitutional Court which emphasized the need for such points to be clear.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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