Al-Tabtabaei affirms right of HH Amir to choose premier
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 4: While emphasizing the right of HH the Amir to choose the prime minister, MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei wished the premiership will be taken out of the ruling family (Mubarak lineage) in order to end the conflict the country has been witnessing in this regard, reports Al-Rai daily.
During his interview with the daily recently, Al-Tabtabaei attributed this conflict to the aspiration of some members of the ruling family. He said this conflict has prevented the entire country from moving forward. “In fact, the premiership led to the recruitment of some MPs and information media; abandoning the role of managing the country as witnessed in past years. Appointment of a prime minister from outside the ruling family will stop the conflict and will put the country back on the road of development considering there are qualified personalities who have ideas and vision in leading the government and ending the conflict we are experiencing,” the MP added.
He outrightly rejected the parliamentary concept of taking sides, affirming “we will not succumb to this abhorrent partisan culture and intellectual terror. Whoever prefers the partisan concept should not assume that everyone has adopted it. What about our convictions? What about the sincere and genuine voice?” He did not rule out the possibility of the recurrence of scenarios involving former ministers Sheikh Muhammad Al-Abdullah and Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud with the incumbent ministers or even the head of the government. “No one is immune considering this Parliament is different from its predecessors. If the government does not give due respect to MPs or if it is used to how the previous parliaments functioned, the current Parliament is totally different,” he affirmed.
On the performance of young parliamentarians, he pointed out change takes time and the young MPs are new to parliamentary work. He disclosed was shocked to find out that the parliamentary standing order is futile. For instance, a parliamentary question can be discussed for two years or a proposal can enter the parliamentary legislative committee and ‘die’, he elaborated. He also unveiled his intention to present a proposal to change the standing order in setting a timeframe for discussion of a parliamentary question and ensuring all proposals go through all parliamentary channels and stages.