Amir reap­points Sheikh Jaber as PM

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT:

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Sabah yes­ter­day re­named out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter HH Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah to form the next Cab­i­net. The de­ci­sion came after the Amir held con­sul­ta­tions with for­mer speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem and for­mer prime min­is­ter HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mo­ham­mad Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah, in ad­di­tion to Sheikh Jaber him­self. For­mer three-time speaker and op­po­si­tion leader Ah­mad Al-Saadoun was not present at the con­sul­ta­tions.

Sheikh Jaber was first ap­pointed to the post in late 2011 after the res­ig­na­tion of Sheikh Nasser. He has to form the new Cab­i­net be­fore Dec 11 when the Na­tional As­sem­bly is sched­uled to hold its first meet­ing. Newly-elected MPs have called on the prime min­is­ter to care­fully read the out­come of the gen­eral polls, in which the op­po­si­tion won al­most half of the 50 seats.

Mean­while, op­po­si­tion MPs held their first co­or­di­na­tion meet­ing hosted by vet­eran op­po­si­tion MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tair. The meet­ing was at­tended by 25 law­mak­ers and two more who could not at­tend said they sup­port its de­ci­sions. Mu­tair said the meet­ing dis­cussed at length the is­sue of elect­ing the speaker, as three op­po­si­tion MPs have said they will con­test. Mu­tair said he de­cided to with­draw from the race in fa­vor of MPs Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi and Shuaib AlMuwaizri. A four-MP com­mit­tee was also formed to study the cases of Roumi and Muwaizri in or­der to try and help se­lect one of the two.

Their next meet­ing will be held on Satur­day with the aim to re­solve the speak­er­ship is­sue and come up with one can­di­date to face off with Ghanem, who is ex­pected to run. Sev­eral law­mak­ers have openly called for elect­ing a new speaker to re­place Ghanem. MP Yousef Al-Fad­ha­lah, who did not at­tend the op­po­si­tion meet­ing, called on his Twit­ter ac­count on the gov­ern­ment

to re­frain from vot­ing in the elec­tion of the speaker and other posts in the As­sem­bly, in­clud­ing pan­els. MP Mo­hamamd Al-Huwailah also said the present po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion re­quires the elec­tion of a new speaker for the new As­sem­bly. Mu­tair said the meet­ing also dis­cussed how to tackle the most ur­gent is­sues of re­vo­ca­tion of cit­i­zen­ships and scrap­ping laws passed by the pre­vi­ous As­sem­bly, which curb pub­lic free­doms. The meet­ing agreed to pre­pare a roadmap for deal­ing with the leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments in the new As­sem­bly. They agreed the need to amend the vot­ing sys­tem, pro­hibit with­drawal of cit­i­zen­ships with­out a court rul­ing and pro­pose eco­nomic re­forms and mea­sures that do not add any bur­den on cit­i­zens.

Newly-elected Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Ab­dul­lah Fah­had said two mes­sages have al­ready been sent to the gov­ern­ment - one by the bal­lot boxes and the se­cond by the op­po­si­tion MPs’ meet­ing yes­ter­day. He said the gov­ern­ment must un­der­stand th­ese mes­sages. MP Ham­dan Al-Azemi said the threat to dis­solve the As­sem­bly no longer scares op­po­si­tion MPs. He said he ex­pects the new As­sem­bly to be dis­solved and fresh elec­tions in Jan 2018. New MP Ah­mad Al-Fadhl, the son of late pro-gov­ern­ment MP Na­bil Al-Fadhl, strongly crit­i­cized the op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers’ meet­ing, say­ing such meet­ings di­vide the As­sem­bly.

KUWAIT: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah re­ceives HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah yes­ter­day. —KUNA

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