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Thursday , October 28 2021

Seating scuppers Assembly session

Speaker ‘Deep State’ tool, says MP

KUWAIT CITY, June 8: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al- Ghanim adjourned the ordinary session on Tuesday, disclosing he received a letter from His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah stating that the government would not attend the session because some MPs occupied the seats allocated for the ministers. Al-Ghanim cited Article 116 of the Constitution, which stipulates the need for the presence of the government or at least some ministers to hold a session. On the other hand, a number of MPs issued press statements to voice objection to the decision of Al-Ghanim.

MP Muhammad Al-Mutair argued the reason of the government for not attending the session is wrong, because there is no article allotting the seats for the government during parliamentary sessions. He pointed that on the contrary, the government should not occupy the front seats in order to not turn its back to the people who are represented by the MPs. He said the insistence of the government to not attend the session for such reason only shows the extent of its triviality. He claimed Al-Ghanim played his role as a tool in the hands of the so-called ‘Deep State’ when he contributed to the efforts to protect the former prime minister who is currently the subject of a judicial trial.

He added the ‘deep State’ has infiltrated every institution including the Amiri Diwan, referring to the letter that the Amiri Diwan sent to the court stating the money transferred to Kuwait Army Fund was in compliance with the directive of HH the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He stressed the need to investigate this letter to identify who wrote and signed it, as it seems to be aimed at defaming HH the late Amir. MP Khalid Al-Otaibi denied the accusation hurled at the 31 MPs Bloc that they are crisismakers. He affirmed that their position reflects their commitment to protect the Constitution, pointing out there is no longer any issue which connects the MPs with Al-Ghanim and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid. He said the only solution is to dissolve the Assembly and then let the people decide. MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari argued the 31 MPs are not crisismakers, simply because they have always been keen on attending sessions — whether special or ordinary. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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