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‘Grant amnesty to those in exile’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 8, (Agencies): The previous National Assembly’s term lasted for 596 days — from Dec 15, 2020 to Aug 2, 2022; during which the country witnessed the resignation of three governments. The 16th parliamentary term comes second after the 15th in terms of the number of queries forwarded to ministers – a total of 4,215 queries or an average of nine per day.
It held 31 sessions – inaugural, ordinary, special and final; ratified nine laws, two of which were returned to the Assembly for further discussion; approved 34 budgets; submitted 848 bills and 1,322 proposals; filed 17 grilling motions; submitted 15 proposals for discussing urgent issues and two requests for lifting parliamentary immunity; approved 34 recommendations, 105 incoming letters and eight assignments for the State Audit Bureau (SAB); formed 22 parliamentary committees in its first year – 11 permanent and 11 temporary, and 21 parliamentary committees in its second year – 11 permanent and 10 temporary.
In another development, former MP Askar Al-Enezi and four employees at Kuwait Municipality and Ministry of Public Works were referred to the Public Prosecution for stealing sand from the desert. Meanwhile, former MP Abdullah Fehad called for the issuance of a decree on granting general amnesty to citizens who are still in exile. He pointed out this could be a suitable beginning for the pro-reform era of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Furthermore, former MPs Bader Al-Mullah and Abdullah Al-Mudaf highly appreciated the decision of His Highness the Prime Minister to cancel the decision of Minister of Public Works, Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Ali Al-Mousa to appoint Assistant Undersecretary for Vegetable Resources at the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) Dalal Rajab as chairperson of PAAAFR. Previously, a parliamentary committee questioned Rajab on suspicion of manipulating the distribution of agricultural plots. The two former MPs pointed out that the decision of His Highness the Prime Minister is one of the steps needed to protect public funds and combat corruption. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff