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Speaker postpones Thursday’s session due to lack of quorum

MP forwards questions to interior minister

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim adjourns the session on Thursday, due to lack of quorum

KUWAIT CITY, May 31: Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim postponed the special session slated for Thursday until June 25, 2018 due to lack of quorum. Items in the agenda of the special session include the mental health and antidoping draft laws, reports of the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on the final accounts and linked budgets of eight government agencies, and reports of other parliamentary committees. Meanwhile, MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei has forwarded questions to Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah on the number of expatriates as per the records of the ministry.

He demanded for details like the number of expatriates according to nationality and type of residency. He also asked Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Mohammed Al-Jabri about the plan of the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) to guarantee food security for the country to be self-sufficient.

He asked about the rate of local agricultural production compared with imported products, plan to increase this rate if any, and percentage of local agricultural products for export. On another issue, MPs Safaa Al- Hashim, Yusuf Al-Fadala, Khalil Aboul, Thamer Al-Suwayt and Abdul Karim Al-Kandari have submitted a proposal to add a new clause to Article 10 of law number 18/2016 on social welfare for the elderly.

The new clause mandates the concerned government agencies to provide the elderly with the following:

■ Priority in treatment, preventive and counseling services in health centers and government hospitals

■ Mobile day care centers throughout the country

■ Parking lots in public facilities, places of worship, entertainment areas, markets and other facilities frequented by the elderly

■ Priority in the processing of transactions in various State institutions

■ Special equipment in public transport in accordance with the regulations

■ Interest-free housing loans for old divorced women and widows whose children got married

■ Lower rent for old persons including women who never got married

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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