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KUWAIT CITY, May 27: Fourth Constituency candidate Sultan Ajeel Al- Shemmari has withdrawn from the 2023 parliamentary electoral race. Al-Shemmari explained that he took this decision to give other candidates from his tribe a higher chance of winning in the election.
Meanwhile, Fourth Constituency candidate Muaz Mubarak Al-Duwaila disclosed that if he wins in the election; he will submit a bill to give women working in the public sector the option to stay at home to take care of their children and they will receive basic salary.
He pointed out this will not be an additional cost for the State treasury, citing Article 41 of the Constitution which mandates the State to provide jobs for all citizens. He said the State has been unable to fulfill this duty, considering the increasing number of citizens applying for jobs. He believes that his bill will help in generating more jobs — the posts vacated by women if they choose to stay at home to take care of their children.
He then clarified that the bill is not mandatory, as only the women who are willing to stay at home can benefit from it. He added the bill is not aimed at encouraging women to withdraw from public sector work and social activities, indicating that taking care of children is one way of helping the society. He asserted the bill gives women more freedom to decide to work as a doctor, teacher, pilot or housewife. He concluded that the bill will not hinder the aspirations of female workers who want to advance in their careers.
Fifth Constituency candidate Dr Muhammad Al- Azeb has expressed support for oil engineering graduates who voiced objection to the results of recruitment exams conducted by Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC). He called for coordination between the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and KNPC to specify the number of students in each department to match the available vacancies.
He also suggested the cancellation of the recruitment exams and to hire Kuwaiti graduates immediately; wondering if the current system is a ploy in favor of contracting companies to hire expatriates, instead of nationals. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff