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Boost national security, stability, Amir urges MPs

HH the Amir receives Speaker of Parliament and a delegation of MPs

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 20, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah called on National Assembly members Sunday to work to strengthen Kuwait’s security and stability, and to learn lessons from events taking place in regional countries.

His Highness the Amir made the remarks during an audience of National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and member of the parliamentary caucus who have recently taken part in the meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which was held in Belgrade, Serbia.

His Highness the Amir underlined importance of cooperation between the legislative and executive authorities with the objective of boosting rule of law and institutions in a manner that guaranteed freedom of expression and criticism within the law. A series of grilling motions filed against ministers as of late does not indicate that Kuwait’s Parliament would be dissolved, said top lawmaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, describing such parliamentary procedures as a “constitutional right.”

Only His Highness the Amir has the authority to dissolve Parliament, Al-Ghanim told reporters, pointing out that all lawmakers have an inalienable right to question ministers and officials in Parliament. “This isn’t the first time that rumors have swirled about Parliament being possibly dissolved,” added Al-Ghanim, saying such speculation has become the norm rather than the exception nowadays. He termed those rumors as “broken record.”

His remarks came after being received by His Highness the Amir, along with members of the parliamentary caucus, all of whom fresh off a global Parliament meet in the Serbian capital Belgrade. Amid the talks, His Highness the Amir highlighted the need to be aware of current developments in the region, which call for a greater sense of national unity in the face of these growing challenges, Al-Ghanim noted.

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