Future requires more than dismissals

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KUWAIT CITY, July 19: MP Osama Al-Shaheen said the coming period requires more vital steps than the dismissal of the heads of the legislative and executive authorities, such as narrowing legislative gaps through the amendment of the Election Law and ratification of important laws. He pointed out that one of these important laws is on the prevention of conflict of interests, citing the decision of the Constitutional Court to cancel the existing law.

MP Osama Al-Shaheen

He stressed the need to enforce such laws to usher in the new era of effective public fund protection and combating corruption. He urged his colleagues to convene as soon as the new prime minister is appointed to discuss the priorities and agenda for the next period. The incoming prime minister is expected to carry out the following tasks: attend the parliamentary session on the approval of the State budget, final accounts and financial status of the country; refer the decree on dissolving the legislature to National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim; specify the date of the next parliamentary elections, monitor the elections and announce the results. In a relevant development, sources disclosed the political blocs are currently holding discussions to reach an agreement on who will be nominated as the next parliamentary speaker.

Meanwhile, Rapporteur of the parliamentary Housing Affairs Committee MP Hamad Al-Matar revealed the panel will meet next Tuesday to deliberate on the verdict of the Court of Cassation; which declared that Umm Al-Haiman residential area is polluted because it is near the oil facilities. He added the committee will discuss the housing project in South Qairawan; hoping the representatives of the concerned institutions like the Public Authority for Industry, Environment Public Authority and Public Authority for Housing Welfare will attend the meeting. Also, speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee; Al-Matar said the secondary stage students in public and private schools are not equal in terms of the grading system.

He asserted the public school students do not enjoy the privileges granted to those studying in private and bilingual schools. He added the private and bilingual schools give their students a chance to re-take exams for a fee of KD250, as well as examinations to obtain bachelor’s degrees internationally. He explained a private school student with a grade of 94 percent can get a perfect score after re-taking the exam, but this is not the case for a public school student.

Moreover, Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent cables to Speaker of the House of Representatives of Egypt HanafiAl Jebali and Senate Abdulwahab Abdulrazeq to express condolences over the victims of the recent traffic incident in Upper Egypt that led to 23 deaths and 30 injuries. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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