Op­po­si­tion is­sues more warn­ings on min­is­ters

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Op­po­si­tion MPs yes­ter­day is­sued more warn­ings to the prime min­is­ter against re­tain­ing a num­ber of min­is­ters in the new Cabi­net, say­ing they will spark ten­sions with the new Na­tional Assem­bly. Op­po­si­tion Is­lamist MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei yes­ter­day added Fi­nance Min­is­ter Anas Al-Saleh to a list of at least six min­is­ters who have al­ready been re­jected as potential “cri­sis mak­ers”.

Tabtabaei said on his Twit­ter ac­count that the re­turn of the fi­nance min­is­ter to the Cabi­net will trig­ger a cri­sis be­tween the Assem­bly and the govern­ment over his role in un­der­min­ing the “pock­ets of ci­ti­zens” and for his ma­jor fail­ures in man­ag­ing Kuwait In­vest­ment Author­ity (KIA), the coun­try’s wealth fund. Tabtabaei was re­fer­ring to ac­cu­sa­tions that Saleh is re­spon­si­ble for a se­ries of mea­sures to reduce sub­si­dies and raise prices.

Sev­eral MPs have al­ready is­sued strong ob­jec­tions to re­tain­ing the min­is­ters of in­te­rior, health, jus­tice, so­cial af­fairs and la­bor and ed­u­ca­tion among others. Tabtabaei also charged that a ma­jor­ity of KIA board mem­bers have been in their posts for the past 20 years as if there are no re­place­ments for them in the coun­try.

MP Al-Hu­maidi Al-Subaei called on the prime min­is­ter not to in­clude any min­is­ter that may cause prob­lems with the Assem­bly, say­ing this will be un­der­stood by the Kuwaiti peo­ple as a chal­lenge to their de­ci­sion in the gen­eral elec­tion last month. He said the out­come of the elec­tion clearly in­di­cates that the Kuwaiti peo­ple want to re­store their seized con­sti­tu­tional and legal rights and want de­vel­op­ment with­out cor­rup­tion.

Subaei also said the Kuwaiti peo­ple also want mea­sures to safe­guard pub­lic funds and leg­is­la­tion that re­quire the pri­vate sec­tor to shoul­der its re­spon­si­bil­ity in boost­ing the state’s re­sources in­stead of those un­der­min­ing the in­come of ci­ti­zens.

Op­po­si­tion MP Riyadh Al-Adasani urged the premier to form a govern­ment ca­pa­ble of achieve­ment and which will se­ri­ously tackle all un­re­solved is­sues. He said the lat­est govern­ment aus­ter­ity mea­sures have over­bur­dened the in­come of ci­ti­zens, and as such the eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial re­form pack­age must be abol­ished, cou­pled with curb­ing squan­der­ing of pub­lic funds and cor­rup­tion.

Adasani said that any eco­nomic mea­sure must not im­pact the in­come of ci­ti­zens and must not in­clude im­pos­ing taxes, re­duc­ing sub­si­dies or rais­ing prices. He also called for restor­ing all cit­i­zen­ships re­voked for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons and not re­voke any ci­ti­zen­ship in the fu­ture with­out a fi­nal court verdict.

Mean­while, the con­sti­tu­tional court yes­ter­day re­ceived a new pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the gen­eral elec­tion on the ba­sis that the for­ma­tion of the elec­tion com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the can­di­dates was not in line with the con­sti­tu­tion. The court had re­jected a sim­i­lar pe­ti­tion be­fore the elec­tions were held on Nov 26.

The court has al­ready re­ceived a pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the elec­tion re­sults in the fourth con­stituency by can­di­date

Faraj Al-Ar­beed, who came in the 11th place, say­ing that the votes he re­ceived should have placed him among the 10 win­ners. For­mer MP Mubarak Al-Waalan, who failed to win a seat last month, is plan­ning to file a pe­ti­tion to chal­lenge the counting of votes and other things, he said on his Twit­ter ac­count.

MUM­BAI: Sup­port­ers hold a pho­to­graph of Tamil Nadu state leader Jay­alalithaa Ja­yaram as they offer prayers for her well-be­ing at a tem­ple yes­ter­day. — AP

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