Kan­dari first MP to file fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure

Rain con­tin­ues through to­mor­row

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

MP Ab­dul Ka­reem Al-Kan­dari yes­ter­day sub­mit­ted his fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure state­ment to the Pub­lic Anti-Cor­rup­tion Au­thor­ity, be­com­ing the first law­maker to do so. Ac­cord­ingly, the au­thor­ity re­minded other law­mak­ers that they had to sub­mit their state­ments within 60 days after the dec­la­ra­tion of par­lia­men­tary elec­tion re­sults.

In the mean­time, MP Yousef Al-Fad­ha­lah urged the gov­ern­ment to per­form dif­fer­ently and show more co­op­er­a­tion with the par­lia­ment, start­ing with the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion when the speaker, deputy speaker and com­mit­tee mem­bers are elected. “I urge the gov­ern­ment to re­frain from vot­ing in th­ese elec­tions to show its good in­ten­tions,” he un­der­lined, not­ing that the gov­ern­ment has the right to take part in the vot­ing but added it is not a must.

Sep­a­rately, the Kuwait Demo­cratic Fo­rum (KDF) said that the re­cent elec­tions cre­ated a state of cau­tious op­ti­mism that calls for se­lect­ing a suit­able Cab­i­net ac­cord­ingly. In a press re­lease it is­sued yes­ter­day, KDF stressed that the elec­tions led to con­sid­er­able change of up to 60 per­cent in the new par­lia­ment for­ma­tion, and this calls for the gov­ern­ment to metic­u­lously re­view the re­sults and ac­cord­ingly ap­point a Cab­i­net suit­able for this par­tic­u­lar phase, es­pe­cially when a large num­ber of young law­mak­ers who are more ca­pa­ble of ef­fect­ing so­cioe­co­nomic re­forms won the elec­tions.

KDF also called to show na­tional sol­i­dar­ity and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity by can­celling and amend­ing a num­ber of laws that un­der­mine lib­er­ties. Fur­ther­more, KDF stressed that the top pub­lic pri­or­i­ties now in­clude is­su­ing a gen­eral amnesty to free all pris­on­ers of con­science, can­celling the po­lit­i­cal iso­la­tion law, pass­ing a law to pro­tect cit­i­zen­ship and pre­vent with­draw­ing them ex­cept through court or­ders re­lated to forgery, and amend­ing and de­vel­op­ing the cur­rent elec­toral sys­tem to adopt the rel­a­tive elec­toral list sys­tem in or­der to achieve jus­tice amongst var­i­ous elec­toral con­stituen­cies and pre­vent by-elec­tions and vote-buy­ing.

In ad­di­tion, KDF also called for hold­ing a na­tional con­fer­ence with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of all blocs with­out alien­at­ing any in or­der to jointly dis­cuss var­i­ous views on po­lit­i­cal, so­cial, eco­nomic and ed­u­ca­tional re­forms.

Chal­lenge

Mean­while, a can­di­date who lost in the elec­tions yes­ter­day filed a strange com­plaint con­test­ing the re­sults. He won­dered how he did not get any vote - not even his own. “I did vote for my­self!” he ex­claimed. In the mean­time, a num­ber of Mu­tairi tribe di­wans urged all the tribe’s can­di­dates in the fourth con­stituency to file com­plaints con­test­ing the elec­tion re­sults.

Sep­a­rately, a court yes­ter­day sus­tained a pre­vi­ous rul­ing sen­tenc­ing a blog­ger known as ‘Chabreet Seyassi’ (Po­lit­i­cal Matches) to 10 years in prison and ac­quit­ting lawyer Falah AlHa­jraf and Bader Ab­dul Aziz, who had all been ac­cused in a state se­cu­rity case.

Also yes­ter­day, a lawyer filed a state se­cu­rity case against a po­et­ess ac­cus­ing her of post­ing a tweet in which she in­sulted and den­i­grated the fol­low­ers of a doc­trine, which un­der­mines na­tional sol­i­dar­ity. The po­et­ess is ex­pected to be sum­moned for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Fol­low­ing rain in var­i­ous ar­eas in­clud­ing Salmi and Jahra where it rained rel­a­tively heav­ily, Kuwait Me­te­o­rol­ogy Department re­minded of its pre­vi­ous warn­ing that scat­tered rain might fall and could some­times be thun­dery, ac­com­pa­nied by winds of up to 50 kph. The department also ex­pects rain show­ers to con­tinue to­day and to­mor­row.

Led by the act­ing as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral for plan­ning and fol­low up at the Supreme Plan­ning and Development Coun­cil Haifa AlMudaf, a team in­clud­ing a num­ber of fe­male engi­neers and re­searchers yes­ter­day vis­ited the Sabah Al-Salem Uni­ver­sity City project site. Mudaf said that the visit was part of the fol­lowup plan for the projects listed in the development plan to make sure work is pro­gress­ing ac­cord­ing to sched­ule. She added that two of the fac­ul­ties’ build­ings will be com­pleted and handed over next year, while the other nine col­leges would be com­pleted in 2019.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah greets an of­fi­cer.—In­te­rior Min­istry pho­tos

KUWAIT: Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­hammed Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah de­liv­ers his speech at the cer­e­mony.

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