‘Amir pardon ushers in new era’

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim recently met a delegation from the British House of Commons headed by MP Rehman Chishti. During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the Kuwaiti and British parliaments; as well as international and regional issues. Chishti handed to Al-Ghanim an invitation from Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle to visit the United Kingdom. The British delegation included MPs David Morris, Royston Smith and Yasmin Qureshi.

British Ambassador to Kuwait Belinda Lewis also attended the meeting. On the other hand, MP Obaid Al-Wasmi delivered a speech on Kuwait TV; during which he expressed his gratitude to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mesha’al Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his colleagues in the National Dialogue Committee.

Al-Wasmi said His Highness the Amir took the first step towards a comprehensive national reconciliation through the issuance of the Amnesty Decree in accordance with Article 75 of the Constitution: “The Amir may, by Decree, grant pardon or attenuate punishment. Amnesty, however, may not be granted save by Law and only in respect of offenses committed prior to the proposal of a law granting amnesty.” He added His Highness the Amir ushered a new era under the slogan, ‘Cooperation, Tolerance and Construction’. He disclosed that His Highness the Amir assigned a very sensitive political task to them during one of the most critical periods — when the entire world is witnessing remarkable changes which requires everyone to put national interest on top of their priorities. He explained the interest of the State is the same as that of its representatives; indicating the three authorities – legislative, executive and judicial – constitute one entity where distribution of tasks is synonymous to cooperation. He attributed the shortcomings in performance to the failure to fully comprehend the nature and purpose of every authority He confirmed the National Dialogue Committee has laid down the roadmap with clear objectives and schedule based on the conditions and capabilities of the country to realize the legitimate ambitions of its people. He said the top priority in the coming period is combating corruption.

Meanwhile, MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji asked Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada if the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) has conducted new studies on increasing the pension of retirees. If yes, he requested for copies of these studies. He inquired why the institution does not waive the interests on loans granted to retirees in order to ease their financial burdens, if the institution can distribute some of its profits to the retirees, and if it is true that retirees are allowed to obtain shares from investment companies managed by PIFSS.

Furthermore, MP Hesham Al-Saleh submitted a proposal to reopen the land borders between Kuwait and Iraq for the citizens of both countries to move freely like they did before the Coronavirus crisis. He stressed the need to put everything back to how it used to be prior to the pandemic, considering the country has succeeded in overcoming the crisis. In addition, Chairman of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri disclosed the panel was supposed to meet a delegation from the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) but it was cancelled for unknown reasons. He confirmed attending the meeting of the IPU delegation with the Foreign Affairs Committee, during which he emphasized that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and all parties should accept this fact. He talked about the attacks on Muslims (Rohingya) in Myanmar and those in India; difficult conditions of people in many Muslim countries like Libya, Syria and Yemen; problems and rights of illegal residents (Bedouns) in Kuwait; illegal and unconstitutional global agreements; and decisions taken by health authorities such as forcing citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He revealed that he received complaints in this regard from many citizens, while urging former Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah to meet with the citizens to listen to their complaints and respond to their questions. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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