Amir con­grat­u­lates Ghanem, Kan­dari

Har­shani calls for ap­ply­ing con­sti­tu­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent yes­ter­day a cable of con­grat­u­la­tions to Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem for be­ing elected Par­lia­ment Speaker, wish­ing him all the best. His High­ness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles.

Born in 1968, Ghanem earned a BA in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and held the post of Boubyan Petro­chem­i­cals chair­man. He was also a board mem­ber at the Egypt Kuwait Hold­ing Com­pany, the Build­ing Ma­te­ri­als Com­pany and Global Tele­com. Elected MP in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and also in 2012, Ghanem was Speaker of the 2013 par­lia­ment.

His High­ness the Amir also sent a con­grat­u­la­tory cable Sun­day to MP Essa Al-Kan­dari. In the cable, His High­ness the Amir ex­pressed his most con­grat­u­la­tions to Kan­dari for be­ing elected as Deputy Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly.

His High­ness also wished the new Deputy Speaker all the best of luck on his mis­sion to con­trib­ute to serv­ing the coun­try and boost­ing its sta­tus on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. Mean­while, His High­ness the Crown Prince and His High­ness the Prime Min­is­ter sent sim­i­lar ca­bles to the Deputy Speaker.

Fight­ing cor­rup­tion

In a speech be­fore the speaker’s elec­tion, the Na­tional Assem­bly’s se­nior MP Ha­mad Al-Har­shani said that ap­ply­ing the laws and terms of the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion and pun­ish­ing those who vi­o­late the law are vi­tal to cre­ate sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

Fight­ing cor­rup­tion is a must to over­come the cur­rent un­sta­ble eco­nomic con­di­tions in Kuwait, said Har­shani in a speech at the Na­tional Assem­bly’s first or­di­nary ses­sion of the 15th leg­isla­tive term. He also stressed the need for im­me­di­ate eco­nomic re­forms to achieve de­vel­op­ment, and the im­por­tance of full co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the leg­isla­tive and ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide bet­ter con­di­tions for cit­i­zens and pro­tect the law.

Har­shani af­firmed the im­por­tant role played by the two au­thor­i­ties in de­ter­min­ing Kuwait’s in­ter­na­tional pol­icy and de­velop co­op­er­a­tion with the Gulf coun­tries. He noted that the cur­rent assem­bly will ex­ert huge ef­forts to face the re­gional eco­nomic and se­cu­rity chal­lenges that may af­fect Kuwait. Mean­while, he spoke of un­re­solved is­sues fac­ing Kuwaitis in­clud­ing health ser­vices, de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tion and hous­ing re­quests.

A gen­eral view of the first reg­u­lar ses­sion of the Na­tional Assem­bly’s 15th Leg­isla­tive Term.

Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem shakes his father Ali Thu­naiyan Al-Ghanem’s hand af­ter be­ing elected as speaker.

— Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem is con­grat­u­lated af­ter be­ing elected Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly.

MP Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi (top right) ges­tures dur­ing the ses­sion.

Top po­lice and army of­fi­cials at­tend the ses­sion.

MP Safaa Al-Hashem ar­rives to at­tend the open­ing ses­sion.

Kuwait Times Deputy Edi­tor-in-Chief Dr Ziad Al-Alyan (cen­ter) at­tends the ses­sion.

US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lawrence Sil­ver­man (cen­ter) at­tends the open­ing ses­sion.

MP Shuwaib Al-Muwaizri speaks dur­ing the ses­sion.

MP Ab­dulka­reem Al-Kan­dari re­acts dur­ing the ses­sion.

Deputy Speaker Essa Al-Kan­dari (left) and MP Talal Al-Sahli at­tend the ses­sion.

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