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Speaker sees no ‘dissolution’ – Panels elected

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during his meeting with Marzouq Al Ghanim, Speaker of Parliament.

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 25: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim has confirmed there is no plan to dissolve the legislature and the government will not attend the session slated for the end of this month, stressing at the same time the need to face the external challenges that HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah mentioned in his speech during the opening of the second ordinary session of the 15th legislative term.

In a statement to journalists before leaving the Assembly Wednesday, Al-Ghanim disclosed that he met His Highness the Amir to congratulate him on the opening of the legislative session and his speech. He pointed out the Amir’s speech contained many meaningful points and challenges which required them as MPs and statesmen to shoulder responsibilities, particularly helping HH the Amir in overcoming challenges. “I do not think the Assembly will be dissolved. I expect that the government will not attend the next session as this is what I felt during my meeting with senior officials and my conversations with several parties,” Al-Ghanim narrated; adding that he said this clearly for everyone to be aware of what they are supposed to know.

He also announced his plan to invite MPs to a meeting next week for consultations. He revealed his informal meetings with about 21 MPs confirmed their cohesion in overcoming challenges. He went on to say that interpellation is a constitutional right, but this is just a minor issue; asserting the entire nation must unite in addressing major issues and to focus on priorities in order to ensure national stability. He affirmed the MPs will act responsibly and stay vigilant to foil attempts to wreak havoc in the country.

In another development, MP Faisal Al-Kandari said he will submit a grilling request against Oil Minister Essam Al-Marzouq on Thursday. He had earlier announced that he will submit the request at the beginning of this session because the minister failed to perform his duties; considering the oil sector is now drowning in irregularities, questionable appointments and contracts that are full of violations. Furthermore, MPs Khalid Al-Otaibi, Mubarak Al-Hajaraf and Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie also announced that they will submit their interpellation request against Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Economic Affairs Hind Al-Subaih next Wednesday.

This came amidst rumors that ministers resigned after the grilling of State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and acting Information Minister Mohammad Al-Abdullah and the resignation will be announced officially on Monday in preparation for the formation of a new government.

In a related development, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei has coordinated with his colleague, Faisal Al-Kandari, and they agreed not to submit the grilling request against Minister of Oil, Electricity and Water Minister Essam Al-Marzouq tomorrow (Thursday); to make room for their colleagues who want to submit their grilling motion against Al-Subaih. Al-Tabtabaei clarified the grilling of the oil minister will push through even if the government resigns.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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