ICM proposes deal with the government: Sources
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.