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PM grilling postponed for two weeks

Speaker: Edu. Min. to face no-confidence vote Sept. 10

KUWAIT CITY, Sep 1: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim stated that the parliament will hold a special session on September 10 to vote on a no-confidence motion against Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi.

“Ten lawmakers have submitted a no-confidence motion against Minister Al-Harbi,” Al-Ghanim said after the discussion of two grilling motion against the minister, in a special parliamentary session on Tuesday.
He identified the signatories of the motion as Abdulwahab Al-Babtain, Bader Al-Mulla, Abdulkarim Al-Kandari, Yousef Al-Fadhala, DR. Odah Al Rowaie, Alhumaidi Al-Subaie, Dr. Khalil Abul, Omar Al-Tabtabae, Farraj Alarbeed, and Naser Al Dosari.

According to article 102 of the Kuwaiti constitution and article 14 of the National Assembly bylaw, the vote on no-confidence shall not be held before seven days of the motion filing date, Al-Ghanim clarified.
Thus, the vote would be held in a special session on Thursday, September 10, he announced.

Earlier, minister Al-Harabi ascended the podium to discuss the different aspects of two grilling motion filed against: one by MP Al-Humaidi Al-Subai and the other from MPs Khalil Abul and Ouda Al-Ruwaiee.
The lawmakers later decided to combine the two motions into one.
Al-Subai accuses Al-Harbi of failing to abide by regulations of Council of Ministers and Civil Services Commission (CSC) regarding priority of employment for the Kuwaiti citizens.
He also accuses the minister of failing to adopt proper decisions during the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

Abul and Al-Ruwaiee said Al-Harbi stalled implementation of online education, mismanagement and causing confusion among Ministry of Education’s departments over Kuwait online education platform.
They also accused him of undermining the private education system, adopting decisions without considering quality criteria, harming further education process of students, delay in announcing scholarships as well as failing to issue university degree for stateless despite completing their studies.

PMs Grilling

His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, during Tuesday’s parliamentary session, asked for the postponement of his grilling by MP Abdulkarim Al-Kanderi and MP AL-Humaidi Al-Subaie.

Later, the parliament approved the September 15th as the date for the grilling. National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim granted the postponement based on Article (135) of the bylaw, which stipulates that “the president informs the questioning to the prime minister or the competent minister immediately upon its presentation and shall be included in the agenda of the first following session to set a date for discussion after hearing the statements of the person to whom the interrogation is directed in this regard.”

Regarding the date of discussion of the motion, the aforementioned article also explained that “the discussion in the interrogation shall not take place until at least eight days after the day of its presentation, except in a state of urgency and with the approval of the Prime Minister or the Minister, as the case may be.”

The article also gives the person to whom the interrogation is directed the right to “request the extension for a maximum of two weeks, and his request may be fulfilled, and it is permissible, by decision of the council.”
According to the interpellation request, which was submitted by MP Al-Kanderi on August 26, the first part of the questioning deals with “the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic of Coronavirus.”
The second part of the motion deals with the “general policy of the government regarding country’s fiscal deficit, and the issuance of Decision No. 728”.

The third part, the lawmaker wants to discuss what he described as “violating Article 39 of the Constitution.” As for the second grilling on the same date, MP Al-Subaie wants to tackle the issue of negligence and carelessness in protecting oil revenues, and failures to hold those accountable of corruption to public funds, including ignoring reports submitted by the Parliament and the Audit Bureau.”

He also accuses the government of maintain the previous government’s infringements on the citizenship right.” (KUNA)

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