Bedoun weddings move to damage image

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari commented on the circular of the Ministry of Justice about the non-certification of the marriage of Bedouns. He said the decision is unconstitutional and inhumane. He called on Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Nazaha Enhancement Abdullah Al- Roumi to cancel the circular. He said the minister should take into consideration the image of Kuwait in the eyes of the international community. MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji also asked Hamada about the reports of the State Audit Bureau (SAB), which recorded major losses incurred by public companies. He said some of these companies have resorted to establishing other companies or participating in other companies in order to escape from the monitoring of SAB. He requested for a list of the established companies, those that participated in public companies, date of establishment, chairpersons and members of the boards of directors, their salaries and allowances.

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim praised the outcome of the 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Madrid, Spain from Nov 26-30. He also expressed his gratitude to Kuwaiti Ambassador to Spain Eyada Al-Saeedi and the workers at the embassy for their support that eased the mission of the Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation to the IPU assembly.

In a press conference at the end of the assembly, Al-Ghanim underscored its importance as it is the first face-to-face assembly after the Covid-19 crisis. He affirmed the strong coordination among Arab, Gulf, Islamic and other geopolitical groups. He said Arab coordination was revived after ending several disputes, thanks to the efforts exerted by HH the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He then thanked his accompanying delegation, especially the employees at the Secretariats General of Kuwait’s National Assembly and IPU. Meanwhile, a delegation representing the Assembly’s Secretariat General participated in the Dubai Expo 2020. This participation is part of the booth of Kuwait at the Expo from Nov 28 to Dec 11. It includes the ’Tolerance and Inclusivity Week’ – one of the dominant topics at the expo.

The Secretariat General’s participation includes as well a presentation on the parliamentary history of Kuwait; highlighting the role of the Assembly as an honorable front of democracy in the region and as a legislative authority. It will also present a rare document – manuscript of the Constitution of Kuwait written in 1962. This is in addition to the minutes of the meetings held by the committee tasked to draft the Constitution, sessions of the first parliamentary term (1962) and the third parliamentary term (1973), other documents, and a model of the Assembly building. A number of records produced by Kuwait TV will be shown, explaining the importance of several laws; particularly those concerning the disabled, children, women and family.

On the other hand, MP Ahmad Al- Hamad forwarded queries to Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Khalifa Hamada about the decision to cancel the training and consultation budget for workers in public institutions and oil sector in fiscal 2021/2022. Al-Hamad inquired if the saved amount matches the losses incurred due to lack of training and national development efforts. He wants to know if the ministry conducted a study to identify the economic consequences of such a move, considering the losses are estimated at millions of dinars for the training and consultative companies and the employees working in those companies. He asked about the alternative that the ministry intends to provide in order to fill this gap. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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