For­mer jus­tice min­is­ter con­tests elec­tion re­sults

8th Int’l Qu­ran Award set for April

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

The to­tal num­ber of con­tests against the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion re­sults reached 52 at the end of the dead­line given for pe­ti­tions on Sun­day. Iron­i­cally, one of the chal­lenges was filed by for­mer jus­tice min­is­ter and third con­stituency can­di­date Yaqoub Al-Sane, in which he also con­tested the par­lia­ment’s dis­so­lu­tion de­cree. Mean­while, a court re­jected a re­quest filed by for­mer MP Ab­dul­lah Al-Barghash yes­ter­day to change the judges hear­ing his con­test against an ear­lier court or­der on with­draw­ing his cit­i­zen­ship. Sep­a­rately, the ad­min­is­tra­tive court yes­ter­day an­nulled the for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion on re­fer­ring some pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors to re­tire­ment and or­dered their re­turn to their posts. The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tors had sued the min­istry in this re­gard.

The anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity stressed about look­ing into me­dia re­ports re­gard­ing cor­rup­tion and in­ves­ti­gat­ing them as per ar­ti­cle 44 of its char­ter, the author­ity’s act­ing sec­re­tary gen­eral Dr Mo­hammed Bo­zo­bar said yes­ter­day that it will in­ves­ti­gate and ver­ify ac­cu­sa­tions that have solid proof and then take proper mea­sures in­clud­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­ter­ro­ga­tion and re­fer­ral to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion. Bo­zo­bar urged all cit­i­zens and ex­pats to file re­ports and com­plaints about cor­rup­tion, back­ing them with solid proof and doc­u­ments. He also re­minded all of­fi­cials asked to file their fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure re­ports to ob­serve the dead­lines they have to meet.

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Work’s as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for road en­gi­neer­ing Ahmed AlHes­san said 9.5 per­cent of the Ara­bian Gulf Road de­vel­op­ment project has been com­pleted so far. He added that the project’s to­tal cost is KD 13.9 mil­lion and that it is sched­uled to be ex­e­cuted in 24 months with the aim of mak­ing traf­fic flow at the Bi­daa round­about much eas­ier. He also noted that the project in­cludes a 670-m-long fly­over above the round­about link­ing Taa­won Street to Bala­jat Street.

As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Qu­ran Af­fairs at the Min­istry of Awqaf and Is­lamic Af­fairs Waleed Al-Am­mar said un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlSabah, the min­istry will hold Kuwait’s 8th In­ter­na­tional Qu­ran Me­moriza­tion and Recita­tion Award cer­e­mony in April. Am­mar added that one of the main aims of hold­ing this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion is to at­tract Mus­lims from all over the world to com­pete in mem­o­riz­ing the Qu­ran.

Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Hind Al-Subaih re­ceived best wishes for re­tain­ing her port­fo­lio in the new Cabi­net yes­ter­day. Subaih ex­pressed wishes that the de­vel­op­ment plan achieve­ment rate will in­crease this year, and stressed that au­to­mated sys­tems that are be­ing tri­aled and will be fully launched in April 2017 to pro­vide bet­ter and swifter ser­vices in all min­istry de­part­ments. Re­gard­ing re­fer­ring vi­o­la­tions con­cern­ing the dis­abled to the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor, Subaih said that the lat­ter has re­quested fur­ther doc­u­ments to com­mence im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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