Kuwait hails Qatari poll, Assembly

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 27: His Highness the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomed National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim and his accompanying delegation who are currently on a two-day official visit in Doha, Qatar. Al-Ghanim conveyed messages of regards and appreciation from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, stressing that relations between the two sisterly countries are deep-rooted and special. He said the political leaders of both countries are keen on strengthening ties between their citizens. He congratulated Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the successful parliamentary elections, praising his remarkable role in this achievement. Also present at the meeting were Speaker of Qatari Consultative Assembly Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim and Kuwaiti Ambassador to Qatar Hafeez Al-Ajmi; as well as members of the Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation consisting of Assembly Secretary Farz Al-Daihani, Observer Osama Al-Shaheen and MPs Abdullah Al-Turaiji, Nasser Al-Dousaari, Mubarak Al-Arow and Salman Al-Azmi. Speaker of Qatari Consultative Assembly Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Deputy Speaker Hamdah bin Hassan Al-Slaiti and Secretary General of the Consultative Assembly Ahmed bin Nasser Al-Fadalah also welcomed the speaker and his accompanying delegation.

Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani poses with Kuwait Parliament Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim

The Speaker was scheduled to meet with his Qatari counterpart to discuss common parliamentary issues and coordinate positions to be adopted in the meetings of regional and global parliaments; foremost of which is the meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union slated for November in Madrid, Spain. It is worth mentioning that the Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation is the first to visit Qatar after the successful election of members of the Qatari Consultative Assembly. In another development, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee in Kuwait’s Assembly held its second meeting on Wednesday; during which MP Obaid Al-Wasmi was elected chairman and MP Hesham Al- Saleh as rapporteur. Al-Saleh disclosed that the committee agreed on dismissing the expatriate consultants and replace them with nationals and making remarkable changes in its work mechanism, through which it will deal with bills as legislative packages rather than as reactions to certain incidents. He said the committee will consider methods adopted by similar committees in other countries like the United States of America (USA) and Europe.

He affirmed the committee is keen on seeking public participation in making laws by announcing the bills earlier for the citizens and concerned professionals to attend panel meetings to share their opinions and present recommendations. He stressed the importance of the role of civil society organizations in making laws more effective. He then wished Al-Wasmi speedy recovery, confirming the committee will keep in touch with him during his overseas treatment trip and inform him about the proceedings. Meanwhile, MP Muhannad Al-Sayer resigned from the committee due to what he described as manipulation of the election of the members of committees during the opening session of the second round of the 16th legislative term. He claimed that majority of the elected members of committees are loyal to the speaker, adding he can predict what will happen in this round based on the period he spent as rapporteur of the committee in the previous round. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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