MP allegiance Thursday if Amir names Crown Prince

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim unveiled his plan to invite the MPs to two sessions on Wednesday – one is for the eulogy of HH the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He pointed out this is the least they can do for HH the late Amir who was a member of the foundation board and one of the founding fathers. He disclosed the second session will be held at 1:00 pm on the same day to approve several bills, such as the bills included in the agenda of the session which was supposed to be held last Wednesday and was cancelled due to the passing of HH the late Amir.

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim

On the new Crown Prince, Al- Ghanim cited the Constitution while pointing out this is the sole right of HH the Amir who has a grace period of one year to nominate a crown prince. He clarified that in case he receives a decree from HH the Amir naming the new Crown Prince on Wednesday, he will call for a special session on Thursday to pledge allegiance to the new Crown Prince; otherwise, he will call for an extraordinary session which will be held after the termination of the parliamentary term.

Earlier, Al-Ghanim confirmed receiving Decree No. 138/2020, which specifies Oct 8 as the end of the current parliamentary term. Al-Ghanim said HH the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah signed the decree after taking the oath on Sept 30.

He added that Decree No. 138/2020 referred to Decree No. 137/2020 regarding the cancellation of Decree No. 130/2020 which stipulated ending the parliamentary term on Oct 1, 2020. He explained that Decree No. 138/2020 was issued before the deadline to withdraw Decree No. 130/2020, stressing these procedures are in accordance with the Constitution.

He also affirmed consulting several constitutional experts in this regard including Professor Adel Al-Tabtabaie, Dr Abdulfattah Hassan and Dr Muhammad Al-Feli. He refuted the allegation that no decree was issued to withdraw Decree No. 130/2020, asserting the Assembly strictly adheres to the Constitution.

A draft law to establish a National Election Higher Committee was submitted to the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al- Saleh told KUNA that such a move was due to the imminence of holding new parliamentary elections, and to achieve more transparency, integrity and reassurance to society that the election results are accurate and transparent. The Council of Ministers also assigned the Ministerial Committee for Legal Affairs to quickly review the draft law.

The Council of Ministers also assigned the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Advisor Dr Fahad Al-Afasy to swiftly consult the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Council on the draft law in preparation for referring it to the National Assembly.

By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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