‘Travel ban on non vaccinated travelers unconstitutional’

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KUWAIT CITY, June 19: Several MPs have criticized the decisions that the Council of Ministers took recently regarding Covid-19, accusing the government of violating the Constitution by depriving citizens of the right to travel. MP Mehalhal Al-Mudaf stressed that restricting the freedom granted to citizens is outrightly rejected. He said the recent decisions of the Council of Ministers are manifestations of bad administration and failure to manage the coronavirus crisis. MP Muhannad Al-Sayer said Minister of Health Dr Basel Al-Sabah has nothing to offer, but more blockade and restricting the freedom of citizens. “Other countries are getting closer to the resumption of normal life, but the minister has been moving from bad to worse,” he added.

In another development, members of the 31 MPs Bloc remain firm in their stand to prevent the National Assembly from holding ordinary sessions unless His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid withdraws his proposal to postpone deliberations on grilling motions against him until the end of the second parliamentary round. MP Abdulkareem Al-Kandari posted on Twitter: “I am sorry that I moved the chair allocated for HH the Prime Minister next to the podium to express my objection to his acts – protecting himself, dodging grilling and violating the Constitution. I should have taken the chair out of the Assembly Hall because he does not reserve to be there.”

He pointed out the results of protecting the premier from questioning led to the issuance of decisions which contravene the Constitution. He said the government does not differentiate encouraging citizens to get vaccinated from forcing them to do so. He added the government does not deserve cooperation and its decisions do not deserve respect. MP Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi criticized the announcement of the government that Kuwait’s method in combating coronavirus is among the best in the world. He asserted such allegation is groundless as many countries have already overcome the crisis and went back to normal life, but Kuwait is still toughening restrictions and enhancing lockdown procedures. He then urged the government to stop issuing misleading statements.

MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri thinks the government should no longer remain in its post; because it destroyed the country, the economy and families. He also accused the government of violating the Constitution and humiliating citizens through the issuance of unprecedented and abusive decisions. He added that whoever supports the government or remains silent over its acts should neither be trusted nor respected. MP Khalid Al-Otaibi affirmed that the 31 MPs remain committed to protecting the Constitution and the citizens’ rights. He reiterated that no ordinary session will be held unless the premier is subjected to public monitoring. On the other hand, MP Ahmed Al-Hamad said the political dispute between the government and the Assembly, as well as the parliamentary- parliamentary dispute, have reached the climax

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