New MPs thank vot­ers, vow to work for Kuwait’s greater good

Op­po­si­tion to co­or­di­nate next step

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: New MP Ah­mad Na­bil Al-Fadhl thanked third con­stituency vot­ers and vowed to rep­re­sent all Kuwaitis and co­op­er­ate with the new par­lia­ment. Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter win­ning the elec­tions, Fadhl urged his fel­low law­mak­ers to pri­or­i­tize Kuwait’s greater good, co­op­er­ate and for­get all dis­agree­ments in or­der to do some­thing for Kuwait. “I won the elec­tion and in­tend to put my vi­sion into prac­tice, in­clud­ing re­solv­ing hous­ing, health and ed­u­ca­tion prob­lems,” he said, not­ing that the new par­lia­ment should fo­cus on tan­gi­ble achieve­ments in the com­ing two years. He also urged the govern­ment not to reap­point trou­ble­mak­ing and un­pro­duc­tive min­is­ters, as he de­scribed them.

Mean­while, MP Thamer Al-Dhafiri thanked the Kuwaiti peo­ple in gen­eral and his sup­port­ers in par­tic­u­lar fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of re­sults. “A new phase of Kuwait’s his­tory has just started,” he said, not­ing that he would be the first to ex­tend a hand of co­op­er­a­tion to ev­ery­body with the aim of achiev­ing the best for the en­tire Kuwaiti peo­ple. Dhafiri de­manded a Cab­i­net that matches the par­lia­ment’s cur­rent for­ma­tion, works for greater good and re­frains from over­bur­den­ing cit­i­zens. “Co­op­er­a­tion with the com­ing Cab­i­net will de­pend on its re­ac­tion to pub­lic de­mands ex­pressed by can­di­dates in­clud­ing re­con­sid­er­ing the laws passed by the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment, sky­rock­et­ing prices, bedoons and cit­i­zen­ship with­drawal is­sues,” he ex­plained.

In the mean­time, MP Ab­dul­lah Fah­had Al-Enezi thanked the Kuwaiti peo­ple and his sup­port­ers in the fourth elec­toral con­stituency in a state­ment made to re­porters, in which he hailed the vast par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­tion process. Enezi vowed to work on achiev­ing the Kuwaiti peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions, pro­tect their gains and stop govern­ment at­tempts for eco­nomic re­forms at their ex­pense. He also called for a new Cab­i­net for­ma­tion that would match these as­pi­ra­tions in­clud­ing hav­ing tech­no­crat min­is­ters.

Op­po­si­tion meets

Op­po­si­tion MPs plan to hold a meet­ing be­fore the end of this week to dis­cuss the out­lines of their work and co­or­di­nate their ap­proach prior to the speak­er­ship and other par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee elec­tions, well-in­formed sources said. The law­mak­ers will also dis­cuss es­tab­lish­ing a new par­lia­men­tary bloc and dis­cuss its pri­or­i­ties be­fore the new par­lia­ment con­venes within two weeks, the sources added. More­over, the sources said the meet­ing MPs will also dis­cuss sup­port­ing one of them, most prob­a­bly Shuaib Al-Muwaizri, to run for the speak­er­ship, as op­posed to others sup­ported by other MPs from out­side the bloc such as Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi in par­tic­u­lar, who is also said to have plans to run for the speaker’s post.

On­line pay­ment

The Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try is sched­uled to launch its on­line pay­ment ser­vice to col­lect com­pany and com­mer­cial li­censes fees and fines dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2017. The min­istry ex­plained that the new ser­vice would be part of those pro­vided by the e-govern­ment pro­ject and that it would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on fa­cil­i­tat­ing trans­ac­tions for both com­pany own­ers and in­di­vid­u­als. Mean­while, the min­istry’s one-win­dow de­part­ment re­ceived 41 ap­pli­ca­tions to set up new com­pa­nies last week, said in­formed sources, not­ing that 25 had been ap­proved, 15 had been re­jected and one was de­ferred for fur­ther checks. The sources added that the de­part­ment re­ceived 124 ap­pli­ca­tions from Oct 23 un­til the end of last week.

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