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Some MPs express displeasure over Jeeran’s plan to grill Essa

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 9: Some lawmakers expressed their displeasure regarding MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran’s announcement to submit a grilling request against the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa, as they believe Salafi Islamic Alliance (SIA), to which Al-Jeeran belongs, triggered such a step with the aim of causing confusion and rejecting the support of Liberals to question a member of the alliance — Minister of Oil Ali Al- Omair, parliamentary sources say. They explained that the Salafi Islamic Alliance is upset about the relentless war waged by Liberals and some of the individuals affected by the decisions taken by Al- Omair in Ministry of Oil.

The alliance also opposes the interpellation submitted by MP Khalil Al-Saleh against Al-Omair, which they claim is based on a personal dispute because the minister did not consider appointing the candidates recommended by Al- Saleh and his comrades in Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), despite their confidence in the validity of the decisions taken by Al-Omair in the agricultural sector.

The sources said Al-Jeeran’s grilling request against the Minister of Education Dr Bader Al-Essa, who is affiliated with the Liberals, represents a message from the Salafists to the government that if the latter fails to protect Al-Omair, they will stand against the questioning of any of their ministers. They revealed that the interpellation has also embarrassed some non-Liberal MPs who support the interpellation against Al-Omair, such that it could pressure them into withdrawing their support.

In another interpellation issue, parliamentary sources said the lawmakers belonging to Al- Awazim Tribe have started coordinating to support the interpellation prepared by MP Hamdan Al-Azmi against Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obeidi in order to mobilize a large number that would ensure the submission of the request for a vote of no-confidence motion against the minister as well as to embarrass the government into forcing the minister to resign or for the latter to resign voluntarily. They said the MPs of Awazim Tribe have communicated with the MPs who support the questioning of ministers, asked for their support for grilling Al- Obeidi and to sign the request for a vote of no-confidence motion.

The sources revealed that the MPs of Awazim Tribe have, in principle, won the support of MP Mohammad Tana who intends to grill Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. Meanwhile, Vice President of Arab Parliament and member of Kuwait’s National Assembly MP Mohammed Al-Jabri said Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will continue to be impervious to terrorism, stressing the need for unity and cooperation in the face of the terrorist cells and groups that seek to destabilize the Arab world.

During his speech at the end of the fourth session of the Arab Parliament’s first term in Tunisia on Thursday, Al-Jabri said, “There is chaos in many Arab countries and terrorism has hit everyone due to the presence of terrorist groups which are financed in order to bring instability in those countries. Therefore, we at this time have no choice other than to protest strongly against what is happening in Yemen which has caused a new wound in the body of the Arab nation”.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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