No jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for de­lay­ing for­ma­tion of new Cab­i­net: MP

No room for courtesy in form­ing new govt: Al-Tabtabaei

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim

Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 14: MP Mohammed Al-Dalal said there is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for de­lay­ing for­ma­tion of the new Cab­i­net, even the sup­posed need for tran­quil­ity in the coun­try.

On his Twit­ter ac­count, Al-Dalal pointed out that crises in the Gulf and the en­tire re­gion are likely to con­tinue for a long pe­riod. He be­lieves there will be tran­quil­ity and un­der­stand­ing in the pres­ence of a ra­tio­nal, ef­fi­cient and trans­par­ent gov­ern­ment with the abil­ity to face chal­lenges at home and abroad; in ad­di­tion to ex­tend­ing a hand of sin­cere and re­al­is­tic co­op­er­a­tion with the Par­lia­ment.

Mean­while, MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei called for the for­ma­tion of the new gov­ern­ment in ac­cor­dance with a re­form plan to en­sure that the in­com­ing min­is­ters are tech­nocrats. He said there is no room for courtesy in form­ing the new gov­ern­ment.

He hopes that most of the for­mer min­is­ters will not re­turn to the gov­ern­ment in order to avoid ten­sion and con­fronta­tion with the Par­lia­ment.

He af­firmed sup­port for calls to post­pone in­ter­pel­la­tion mo­tions, in­di­cat­ing “we do not have any prob­lem with min­is­ters from the rul­ing fam­ily.”

He also con­grat­u­lated HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber AlMubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah on his reap­point­ment for the sev­enth time. He said he sup­ports tech­no­crat min­is­ters from the rul­ing fam­ily and re­jects fa­voritism be­cause it does not serve the in­ter­ests of the coun­try and its peo­ple. He stressed the need to choose a min­is­ter at the right place, “be­cause the min­istry is not a cake dis­trib­uted to rul­ing fam­ily mem­bers.”

On the other hand, act­ing Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Faleh Al-Azeb said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two au­thor­i­ties is in sham­bles. He thinks the other au­thor­ity must stop ex­er­cis­ing mu­tual su­per­vi­sion to en­force the con­sti­tu­tional rule. “We are not in a wrestling arena. We are in the Par­lia­ment where all con­sti­tu­tional rules must be re­spected.”

He ar­gued the gov­ern­ment has its own tools in the same man­ner that the MPs have their own tools, as­sert­ing ab­so­lute power is cor­rupt and peo­ple will be in the hands of tyrants if there is no over­sight on the part of law­mak­ers.

Talk­ing about the mes­sage that Par­lia­ment Speaker Mar­zouq AlGhanim con­veyed to the law­mak­ers on be­half of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; Al-Azeb stressed that ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion, HH the Amir is the ful­crum of the na­tion, and sym­bol of unity. Ev­ery time the leader calls, the peo­ple will gather around him. Every­one should know this is democ­racy and the leader of this course has the fi­nal say, he clar­i­fied.

Asked about plans to pro­mote re­li­gious mod­er­a­tion, Al-Azeb pointed out the re­li­gion of the State is Is­lam as stip­u­lated in the Con­sti­tu­tion. Un­der the aus­pices of Ah­madi Gov­er­nor Sheikh Fawaz Khalid Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah, Ca­pa­ble Leader Ini­tia­tive in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kuwait Oil Com­pany and Sabah Al-Ah­mad Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety re­cently or­ga­nized a vol­un­tary tree plant­ing cam­paign in Sabah Al-Ah­mad City dubbed ‘Green Sabah Al-Ah­mad City’, and tar­geted the plant­ing

of 1,000 palm trees and 60,000 seedlings.

This is the re­li­gion in the con­science of Kuwaitis who know only one re­li­gion — Is­lam, he added.

More­over, the par­lia­men­tary Leg­isla­tive and Le­gal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee agreed to lift the im­mu­nity of MP Saleh Ashour in a case filed by the Min­istry of So­cial Af­fairs ac­cus­ing him of vi­o­lat­ing rules on putting up ad­ver­tise­ments for col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

How­ever, the com­mit­tee re­jected the re­quest to lift the im­mu­nity of MP Ah­mad Na­bil Al-Fadel in a defama­tion case filed by an ad­ver­tis­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Com­mit­tee Chair­man MP Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaie dis­closed that they dis­cussed the par­lia­men­tary amend­ments to the Fam­ily Court Law.

He said the com­mit­tee ap­proved nine amend­ments to the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Hand­i­capped Af­fairs Law in­clud­ing the ap­point­ment of at least 10 med­i­cal per­son­nel spe­cial­ized in each type of dis­abil­ity like mo­tor and hear­ing, es­tab­lish­ment of a special hos­pi­tal for di­ag­nos­tic pur­poses and special cen­ters in nat­u­ral and de­vel­op­men­tal medicine, and re­cruit­ment of 20 en­voys for each type of dis­abil­ity.

He added they also ap­proved the pro­posal to in­clude ‘ed­u­ca­tional dis­abil­ity’ in the def­i­ni­tion of slow learn­ing, as well as grant­ing pen­sion equiv­a­lent to 125 per­cent of the cal­cu­lated pe­riod of re­tire­ment — 10 years for males and five years for fe­males — to those tak­ing care

of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from cere­bral hem­or­rhage, loss of the sense of move­ment, com­plete and per­ma­nent quadriple­gia, mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, paral­y­sis of mus­cles and com­plete dis­abil­ity due to spinal cord dam­age.

The com­mit­tee en­dorsed as well the pro­posed KD 400 al­lowance for nurses tak­ing care of peo­ple with the above­men­tioned dis­abil­i­ties and dele­tion of the phrase ‘dis­abled peo­ple’ which will be re­placed with the phrase ‘in­spired peo­ple’, the law­maker re­vealed.

He added the peo­ple with mi­nor dis­abil­i­ties will be ex­empted from pay­ing fees for pub­lic and com­pen­satory ser­vices, while their work­ing hours will be re­duced by two hours per day.

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