Po­lit­i­cal bloc mem­bers mulled for new Cab­i­net

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Well-in­formed sources said that some high-rank­ing mem­bers in the cur­rent gov­ern­ment had made con­tacts with some po­lit­i­cal blocs, in­clud­ing the Is­lamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment (ICM), to dis­cuss tak­ing part in the new Cab­i­net due to be formed once the Nov 26 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions are over. The sources noted that there are strong ten­den­cies to­wards po­lit­i­cal pow­ers’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the new gov­ern­ment, which is ex­pected to in­clude min­is­ters from ICM, the Is­lamic Salafi Al­liance (ISA), the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA), the Demo­cratic Fo­rum, a Shi­ite po­lit­i­cal bloc and an in­de­pen­dent min­ster from the boy­cotters of the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment. The sources stressed that ICM is not very en­thu­si­as­tic about the of­fer and wishes to re­main in par­lia­ment mon­i­tor­ing the gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance, be­cause it be­lieves that Cab­i­net mem­ber­ship is dam­ag­ing to any po­lit­i­cal bloc and that cer­tain con­di­tions have to be set with the gov­ern­ment prior to ac­cept­ing any port­fo­lio.

Fur­ther­more, the sources said the Demo­cratic Fo­rum has been boy­cotting the elec­tions, al­though its ex-mem­ber Faisal Al-Shaye, who had some dis­agree­ments with it, was a mem­ber of the dis­solved par­lia­ment. The sources added that

Shaye might be in­cluded in the new Cab­i­net, es­pe­cially since he has de­cided not to run in the elec­tions. “Be­ing an econ­o­mist, Shaye might be ap­pointed as min­is­ter of fi­nance, so­cial af­fairs and la­bor, or com­merce and in­dus­try,” stressed the sources. More­over, the sources said His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah in­tends to in­clude at least three MPs in his new Cab­i­net and that for­mer MPs might be also in­cluded, such Adel Al-Kho­rafi, who with­drew from the race last week.

Road main­te­nance

Min­istry of Pub­lic Works (MPW) is still in the process of co­or­di­nat­ing with the fi­nance min­istry to get the sums al­lo­cated for road main­te­nance, Un­der­sec­re­tary Awatif Al-Ghu­naim said. She added that KD 150 mil­lion had been al­lo­cated for MPW for ur­gent road main­te­nance over three years and stressed that fur­ther co­or­di­na­tion is still in progress to get the fi­nance min­istry ap­provals. Mean­while, Ghu­naim said that the com­mit­tee formed to take over the Jaber Hospi­tal project from the con­trac­tor had made no tech­ni­cal re­marks, and thus MPW is ready to hand the hospi­tal to the health min­istry along with 18,000 blue­prints and op­er­a­tion man­u­als.

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