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Special IDs eyed for those with revoked citizenship’s; Stability and security of citizens, expats vital

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 3: Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passport Affairs Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah indicated that the Ministry of Interior is considering the possibility of issuing special civil IDs to individuals whose Kuwaiti citizenships were revoked.

In a press statement, he said the ministry is contemplating this step in order to allow these individuals to modify their legal status in the country and to ease their movements, medical treatments and studies. Major General Sheikh Mazen explained that the sector has prepared a study to determine the number of such individuals and their children who would benefit from these special civil IDs, as they currently hold expired civil IDs using which they are unable to complete their transactions in the various state institutions. In another development, a governmental source affirmed that the government has no intention to naturalize any individual except under very narrow conditions based on the higher interest of the country.

He indicated that the government is also planning to review all the laws related to naturalization of the children of Kuwaiti women and non- Kuwaiti men. The source stressed that the security system is working efficiently to maintain the stability and security of citizens and expatriates, revealing that instructions from top leadership have been received to retain top qualified security officials with ability and efficiency in field work.

He urged the executive and legislative authorities to bolster cooperation for pushing the wheel of economy and national projects in the country forward in order to improve its stability particularly under the current critical situation of the region.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is currently studying the mechanism for breaking monopoly of products in the market, as the phenomenon led to increase in prices by 30 to 60 percent, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting sources. Sources revealed the mechanism includes increasing the number of companies that supply one product to encourage competition and preventing unreasonable price hikes by requiring companies to obtain approval from the ministry before increasing the prices of their products. Sources said the ministry is also working towards imposing restrictions on commercial agencies, untying the link between them, preventing monopoly and closing agencies that increase prices without any valid reason. On a different issue, sources said the Parliament will focus on the draft bill regarding the rent for private houses in the coming legislative term. Sources affirmed the bill, once approved, will greatly contribute to efforts to address the housing problem and to regulate rent; especially since a number of MPs had earlier expressed support for the proposal.

By Meshal Al-Sanousi Al-Seyassah Staff

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