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Speaker calls halt after ‘mandoub’ slur – Heated exchange ends session

MPs trying to catch the eye of the Speaker during Tuesday’s parliamentary session – Photo by Rezk Tawfik

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 10: Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim on Tuesday adjourned the regular session due to some MPs’ failure to comply with internal regulations. The Speaker took this step after MPs Jamaan Al- Harbash and Saif Al-Harshani engaged in a heated argument.

Al-Harbash described members of the previous Parliament as ‘mandoubs’ who merely processed the transactions of their voters with the approval of ministers. Al-Harshani then asked his colleague to know his limits and stop terrifying people.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary delegation for external activities headed by Al-Ghanim elected MP Rakan Al- Nisf as custodian, MP Auda Al-Ruwaie as secretary and MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei as treasurer while MPs Khalil Abdullah, Omar Al-Tabtabaei and Yousif Al-Fadallah were elected members of the delegation’s Executive Committee.

The delegation instructed the Executive Committee to approve its final accounts from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2016 and this year’s budget — from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2017. It also endorsed reports on conferences and meetings held from January to December of last year.

Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani said State Minister for Housing and Services Affairs Yaser Aboul has vowed to look into the irregularities in Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) and Credit Bank mentioned in his interpellation motion. He added the minister will address reports of the State Audit Bureau, Financial Control Unit, and Budget and Final Account Committee and strictly follow the housing projects schedule, form a committee that will investigate anomalies mentioned in the aforementioned reports within three months, and hold responsible those proven to have committed violations.

Aboul stressed he respects the constitutional right of MPs to use their grilling tool, while praising Al-Adsani’s willingness to cooperate by postponing submission of the interpellation motion. He promised to do his best in addressing the interpellation points.

In another development, MP Abdulwahab Al-Babatain announced his plan to grill the minister of information and state minister for youth affairs on the suspension of Kuwait’s sports activities. He said he will prepare the grilling request next week, indication he has yet to complete the interpellation points which will focus on the minister’s role in the suspension.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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