Amir congratulates Ghanem, Kandari
Harshani calls for applying constitution
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.
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.
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.