Law­maker re­it­er­ates call for GCC con­fed­er­a­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei has urged lead­ers of Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) coun­tries to turn the coun­cil into a con­fed­er­a­tion. In a tweet, Tabtabaei said that in view of threats and ma­jor chal­lenges, GCC lead­ers have to turn it into a con­fed­er­a­tion in which each state has its own do­mes­tic politi­cal sys­tem, with joint for­eign af­fairs and de­fense poli­cies. Tabtabaei also said he would sup­port any con­sen­sus can­di­date for the speak­er­ship, be it Shuaib AlMowaizri or Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi. He also noted that he would sup­port any de­ci­sion taken by the com­mit­tee formed dur­ing the MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Mu­tair’s Di­wan meet­ing.

In ad­di­tion, Tabtabaei urged the gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately is­sue a gen­eral amnesty for all politi­cal opin­ion pris­on­ers, es­pe­cially “the free­dom fighter Musal­lam AlBar­rak”, as he de­scribed him, be­cause “he and hon­est peo­ple like him should not be in jail”. More­over, Tabtabaei stressed that the reap­point­ment of min­is­ters ac­cused of fi­nan­cial or ad­min­is­tra­tive vi­o­la­tions will not be ac­cepted and that the par­lia­ment would hold some of­fi­cials at the in­vest­ment au­thor­ity ac­count­able for fa­vor­ing some em­ploy­ees and pay­ing them four times as much as oth­ers.

North Zour

The Kuwait Au­thor­ity for Part­ner­ship Projects (KAPP) is ex­pected to an­nounce the date of bid­ding for the first phase of the North Al-Zour power plant pro­ject. The au­thor­ity will also ap­point an ad­vi­sor within the next few days to han­dle dis­tribut­ing shares be­tween in­vestors, the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zens. No­tably, the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter an­nounced that the in­vestor had com­pleted the ex­per­i­men­tal phase of the plant, adding 1,539 megawatts of elec­tric­ity and 107 mil­lion im­pe­rial gal­lons of wa­ter.

Work trans­fer

Act­ing Di­rec­tor of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Man­power Ab­dul­lah Al-Motoutah said the supreme com­mit­tee for in­di­vid­ual dis­putes had ap­proved 48,408 trans­fers to work for the pri­vate sec­tor since its es­tab­lish­ment in Nov 2015 and re­jected only 208. Motoutah added that the com­mit­tee also held 65 meet­ings dur­ing the same pe­riod to dis­cuss trans­fer ap­pli­ca­tions filed at least six months af­ter the is­suance of a work per­mit.

Am­bu­lance bikes

The Min­istry of Health’s as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for med­i­cal sup­port ser­vices Dr Ja­mal Al-Harbi an­nounced that med­i­cal emer­gency ser­vices would soon start us­ing mo­tor­bikes as am­bu­lances. Harbi added that such type of am­bu­lance ser­vices would be very handy in con­gested places and that the bikes would be fully equipped with the lat­est first aid equip­ment to help paramedics tend to cases much faster, be­fore a ve­hic­u­lar am­bu­lance ar­rives at the scene.

MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei

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