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Stand behind leadership: MPs – ‘Tighten control over prices’

KUWAIT CITY, June 5: MPs Talal Al-Jalal, Askar Al-Anazi and Ahmad Al-Mutei expressed warmest greetings to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, ministers, other MPs, citizens and expatriates on the advent of Ramadan; praying that God continues to bless the country, its leadership and people as they celebrate the holy month.

The MPs stressed the need for everyone to rally behind the political leadership, refrain from division and differences, and stand united in maintaining the stability and advancement of Kuwait. Al-Jalal pointed out the National Assembly is keen on completing its tasks even during the holy month, affirming that fasting will not be an impediment to MPs’ determination to serve the interests of citizens. He stressed the occasion will rather be a catalyst for the adoption of important laws while majority of the lawmakers do not want to take a break in the current legislative round until the passage of all draft laws agreed upon by the legislative and executive branches.

He also appealed to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to tighten control over prices, especially during Ramadan, as greedy traders usually take advantage of the occasion to increase prices of commodities without justification. He called for continuous inspection campaigns to monitor prices and guarantee protection of consumers against greedy traders. In another development, Al-Jalal urged Minister of Education and Higher Education Bader Essa to expand the scholarship scheme for academic year 2016/2017, stressing that the students are the real wealth of Kuwait. Meanwhile, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee approved the Public Prosecution’s request to lift the immunity of MP Abdul Hamid Dashti in two cases filed against him — press misdemeanor and State security.

The committee also approved proposals to add new articles to the Criminal Code, Court Procedures and Penal Code (law number 16/1960). In addition, MP Saud Al-Hareeji has condemned those who raised suspicions on the visit of a parliamentary delegation to Comoros earlier. He said these people alleged that the delegation’s visit shall pave the way for the entry of Bedouns to the Comoros.

He wonders why such speculations keep on emerging despite the repeated declaration of the Parliament that it has no intention to take this step. He disclosed there has been a consensus that the Bedoun crisis surfaced because of the failure of successive governments to address the problem in a radical manner. He stressed it is unacceptable to deal with such failure by disregarding the humanitarian and social dimensions of the issue.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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