ICM pro­poses deal with the gov­ern­ment: Sources

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

The Is­lamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment (ICM) has made con­tacts with the gov­ern­ment and MP Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem, who in­tends to run for the speaker’s post, well-in­formed sources said. The sources added that ICM does not in­tend to di­rectly take part in the cab­i­net for the time being be­cause it had been se­verely crit­i­cized by other po­lit­i­cal bod­ies that ques­tioned its cred­i­bil­ity for run­ning in the elec­tions af­ter boy­cotting them. “Tak­ing part in the new cab­i­net might be in­ter­preted as a deal made with the gov­ern­ment in re­turn for end­ing their boycott,” ex­plained the sources, not­ing that this would blow away their pub­lic sup­port.

The sources added the ICM only asked the gov­ern­ment to ap­point Oroub Al-Re­fai as a min­is­ter, who is close to them in ide­ol­ogy and is the daugh­ter of for­mer Is­lamist min­is­ter Yousif Al-Re­fai, in re­turn for sup­port­ing the cab­i­net in the parliament. On the other hand, ICM promised to sup­port Ghanem in the speak­er­ship elec­tions with three of its MPs - Osama AlSha­heen, Ab­dul­lah Fah­had Al-Enezi and Mo­hammed Al-Dal­lal - ex­plained the sources, not­ing that MP Ja­maan AlHar­bash will vote for Ghanem only if MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri drops his can­di­dacy.

Sep­a­rately, the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity an­nounced re­fer­ring a com­plaint filed by Ghanem against Ab­dul Rah­man Al-An­jeri to the pub­lic prose­cu­tor. Notably, An­jeri had ac­cused a pro­ject ex­e­cuted by Ghanem’s com­pa­nies of being in­volved in cor­rup­tion, which was re­futed by Ghanem.

Mean­while, MP Saleh Ashour an­nounced start­ing con­sul­ta­tions to form a par­lia­men­tary bloc that would adopt po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­forms. Ashour said the nu­cleus of the new bloc had al­ready been formed by three MPs who are cur­rently con­sult­ing with their peers to add more mem­bers. “The gov­ern­ment has to re­form it­self and stop squan­der­ing money on ex­penses and aid,” he un­der­lined.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior’s as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for crim­i­nal se­cu­rity af­fairs Maj Gen She­hab Al-Shem­mari strongly de­nied ru­mors about in­ten­tions to sub­ject peo­ple ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing through the north­ern land bor­der exit of Ab­daly to DNA tests. Speak­ing to the Ger­man news agency, Shem­mari said the pro­ce­dures fol­lowed in Ab­daly are the same ones used at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port. He added that on di­rect or­ders from HH the Amir, the DNA law was re­ferred to a special com­mit­tee for amend­ment to in­clude only peo­ple work­ing in highly haz­ardous jobs like the mil­i­tary, army, police, na­tional guard and fire­men.

Shem­mari added that peo­ple with crim­i­nal records would also be sub­jected to the DNA tests as a preven­tive mea­sure in case of any ter­ror­ist acts. Shem­mari added that the main aim of DNA tests is to serve jus­tice and solve crimes. “When Al-Sadeq Mosque was at­tacked by a ter­ror­ist, we did not have a data­base of the vic­tims and started sub­ject­ing their rel­a­tives to DNA tests,” he ex­plained, adding that for this rea­son and for se­cu­rity con­sid­er­a­tions, there was a plan to sub­ject the en­tire pop­u­la­tion to DNA tests.

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