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DEPUTY AMIR RECEIVES MINISTERS FOR OATH-TAKING
Crown Prince to open new parliament session
KUWAIT CITY, June 19: His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah called Monday on the new government to address shortcomings, enforce state of law and achieve social justice amongst Kuwaiti people. “As you seek to achieve comprehensive development for our beloved nation, you should enforce the state of law and institutions, promote justice and quality, and to place the interest of Kuwait at the forefront and above anything else,” His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince told the new government after it took constitutional oath before him. “Exert utmost efforts in a balanced and wise manner, commit to our national principles, focus on priorities and achieve aspirations at all levels, follow up execution of your government programs in line with timetables, achieve social justice amongst the Kuwaiti people,” said His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince. He told the cabinet to address shortcomings to ultimately “develop in a confident and comfortable” environment.
His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince urged the ministers to “feel problems of citizens and address them,” and to explore every venue to develop public services and infrastructure “so everybody would feel the achievements,” noting that this was the “least of (citizens’) legitimate rights.” Affirming his full support of the new government, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince urged the ministers to select skilled leaders “who can contribute to development and prosperity of our nation.” He also reaffirmed importance of cooperation among state institutions as the “proper way to tackle major issues that concern the nation and citizens.”
For his part, His Highness the Prime Minister voiced extreme thanks and appreciation to His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince for trusting him and his cabinet colleagues, vowing to do their utmost to fulfill the dear nation’s expectations and hopes for further prosperity and progress. He affirmed that he and other ministers would live up to their due responsibilities and demonstrate utter loyalty to Kuwait and its people during this critical stage, being well aware of the number of outstanding issues and serious challenges that need to be addressed. The prime minister also vowed that they would devote their experience and efforts to serving the nation, carrying out reforms and pushing forward comprehensive development in all fields, while sticking to the country’s constitution and law and protecting the people’s freedoms, interests and funds. He, further, underlined that his government would have positive and constructive cooperation with the National Assembly (parliament) and all society organizations.
His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah will open the first ordinary session of the 17th term of the National Assembly at 10 am Tuesday. The National Assembly will hold its inaugural session Tuesday; starting with the Amiri speech, followed by the oath taking of the new government and newly elected MPs.
The session will include the election of parliamentary leadership positions including the speaker. MP-elect and former Assembly Speaker Ahmed Al-Saadoun will most likely assume the position since none of his colleagues has announced their plan to compete with him. MPs-elect Marzouq Al-Hebeini and Muhammad Al-Mutair will vie for the deputy speaker post.
The three-member committee tasked to coordinate the election of parliamentary committees failed to carry out its task. Nevertheless, a number of MPs-elect have unveiled their plan to seek for membership of certain committees and the Assembly Office.
Osama Al-Shaheen and Mubarak Al-Tasha will contest the election for secretary of the Assembly; Majed Al-Mutairi will run for membership of the Interior, Defense, Financial and Economic Affairs committees; Fahd Al-Masoud for the Education, Culture, Guidance, Health, Social and Labor Affairs committees; Hamad Al-Obaid for the Education, Culture, Guidance, Negative Phenomena and Housing Affairs committees; Fayez Al-Jomhour for the Housing, Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs committees; Dawoud Maarefifor the Education, Culture, Guidance, Financial and Economic Affairs committees; Adel Al-Damkhi, Muhannad Al-Sayer, Mubarakb Al-Tasha, Muhammad Hayef Al-Mutairi, Osama Al-Zaid, Soud Al-Asfour and Abdulkareem Al-Kandari for the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee; Hamad Al-Medlej, Abdullah Al-Anbaie, Shuaib Al-Muwaizri, Abdullah Fehad and Abdulwahab Al-Essa for the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee; Abdullah Al-Mudhaf, Abdulkareem Al-Kandari, Marzouq Al-Hebeini and Abdulaziz Al-Saqaabi for the Foreign Affairs Committee; Mehalhal Al-Mudhaf, Jenan Bu Shehri, Khalid Al-Otaibi, Hamad Al-Matar, Falah Dhahi and Muhammad Al-Hewaila for the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee; Shuaib Al-Muwaizri, Osama Al-Zaid, Adel Al-Damkhi, Muhammad Al- Hewaila, Fares Al-Otaibi, Hamdan Al-Azmi, Soud Al- Asfour and Hamad Al-Matar for the Budgets and Final Accounts Committee; Badr Sayyar Al-Shemmari, Khalid Al-Tamar, Shuaib Shaaban and Muhammad Al-Mahan for the Interior and Defense Affairs Committee; Hani Shams, Fares Al-Otaibi and Osama Al-Shaheen for the Health, Social and Labor Affairs Committee; and Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Hamad Al-Azmi, Falah Dhahi, Mubarak Al- Tasha and Hani Shams for the Complaints and Petitions Committee. Meanwhile, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and his government for oath-taking.
During the reception, His Highness the Prime Minister introduced the new cabinet ministers to His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince:
■ First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
■ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
■ Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Essa Ahmad Al- Kandari
■ Deputy Prime Minister, Oil Minister, and Minister of State for Economic and Investment Affairs Dr. Saad Hamad Nasser Al- Barrak
■ Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Minister of State for Communications Affairs Fahad Ali Al-Shu’la ■ Minister of Information and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Abdulrahman Al- Mutairi
■ Minister of Health Dr. Ahmad Abdelwahab Ahmad Al-Awadi
■ Minister of Public Works Dr. Amani Suleiman Abdulwahab Boqammaz
■ Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Abdulwahab Hamad Al-Adwani
■ Minister of Foreign Affairs Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
■ Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Othman Al-Aiban
■ Minister of Finance Manaf Abdulaziz Al- Hajeri
■ Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Dr. Jassem Mohammad Abdullah Al-Ostad
■ Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Faleh Abdullah Eid Faleh Al-Roquba
■ Minister of Social Affairs, Family Affairs and Childhood Feras Saud Al-Malek Al-Sabah.
By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies
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