PM re­place­ment ru­mors ‘base­less’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

Well-in­formed of­fi­cial sources strongly de­nied that the rul­ing fam­ily held a meet­ing dur­ing which it agreed on ap­point­ing for­mer for­eign min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Sabah as the prime min­is­ter in the next Cab­i­net. “All this is hearsay, base­less so­cial me­dia sto­ries, analy­ses or wishes,” the sources said, not­ing that the se­lec­tion of the prime min­is­ter is the right of His High­ness the Amir alone.

The sources stressed that His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah will re­main in of­fice, and that this had been agreed upon prior to dis­solv­ing the par­lia­ment. “Sheikh Jaber has started a de­vel­op­ment plan and new projects and will re­main in of­fice to com­plete them,” added the sources, not­ing that he suc­ceeded in re­solv­ing the hous­ing and state bud­get prob­lems and this is enough to keep him in of­fice.

In ad­di­tion, the sources ex­plained that the rul­ing fam­ily meet­ing is usu­ally ded­i­cated to dis­cussing gen­eral is­sues, lat­est de­vel­op­ments and fam­ily mem­bers’ af­fairs. “No de­ci­sions are made be­cause run­ning the state is in the hands of HH the Amir, the gov­ern­ment and con­sti­tu­tional bod­ies,” the sources re­it­er­ated, not­ing that the meet­ing was just a reg­u­lar fam­ily meet­ing.

350 in­spec­tors

Act­ing man­power au­thor­ity di­rec­tor Ab­dul­lah Al-Motoutah said in­vest­ing in hu­man re­sources is one of Kuwait’s pri­or­i­ties and the state is keen on re­spect­ing in­ter­na­tional agree­ments about pro­vid­ing a healthy en­vi­ron­ment and pro­tect­ing work­ers from oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ards and dis­eases. Motoutah added that 350 in­spec­tors had been de­ployed in var­i­ous gov­er­norates to en­sure law 6/2010 per­tain­ing la­bor­ers’ pro­tec­tion and com­pen­sat­ing them for job-re­lated in­juries is fully put into prac­tice.

Joint pur­chase

Un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try Khaled Al-She­mali said the GCC project of joint pur­chase of ba­sic goods was fac­ing some ob­sta­cles and that some stud­ies warned that mass pur­chases would lead to price in­creases. In a state­ment made to the Saudi Eqti­sadiya news­pa­per, She­mali said the move might over­lap with the pri­vate sec­tor’s role. He added that a rec­om­men­da­tion was made to the min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee meet­ing the fol­low­ing week to dis­cuss the is­sue. Sep­a­rately, the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try fi­nal­ized a draft bill for re­struc­tur­ing and liq­ui­dat­ing com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments and sub­mit­ted it to the fatwa and leg­is­la­tion depart­ment af­ter it was re­viewed by Min­is­ter Yousef Al-Ali.

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