Op­po­si­tion MPs urge Gulf to act over Aleppo ‘geno­cide’

MP: Vis­i­tors should have health in­sur­ance Court to study poll pe­ti­tions

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Op­po­si­tion MPs yes­ter­day called on the gov­ern­ments of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) states to ex­pel Rus­sian am­bas­sadors from their coun­tries in protest over what they called Moscow’s role in “geno­cide” against civil­ians in the Syr­ian city of Aleppo. Speak­ing at a small rally held in­side the Na­tional Assem­bly build­ing, MP Ja­maan Al-Har­bash charged that Rus­sian-backed Ira­nian and Syr­ian troops are com­mit­ting “geno­cide against civil­ians in Aleppo amid to­tal in­ter­na­tional neg­li­gence”.

He urged the six GCC states to ex­pel Rus­sian am­bas­sadors to protest Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in­volve­ment in the bru­tal attack on the city, and also called for open­ing mosques for fundrais­ing cam­paigns for Aleppo res­i­dents. Aleppo has been un­der heavy bom­bard­ment by Rus­sian and Syr­ian jets, as Ira­nian-backed mili­tias and Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al-As­sad troops have been ad­vanc­ing on the pop­u­lated eastern districts of the city held by the Syr­ian rebels.

Ab­dul­lah Fah­had, an­other Is­lamist MP, de­manded the ex­pul­sion of the en­voys of both Rus­sia and Iran. MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei said that a protest will be staged today out­side the Rus­sian em­bassy at 3:30 pm to con­demn the mas­sacres against the Syr­ian peo­ple. Sev­eral other MPs who spoke at the rally strongly con­demned the mas­sa­cred be­ing com­mit­ted against Syr­ian civil­ians and called on the gov­ern­ment to rush aid to the res­i­dents of the city.

MP Ab­dulka­rim Al-Kan­dari said sev­eral MPs have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing to hold an emer­gency ses­sion of the Assem­bly next Tues­day to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion and atroc­i­ties in Syria. The Is­lamist-dom­i­nated op­po­si­tion won nearly half of the 50 seats in a snap gen­eral elec­tion last month.

But Shi­ite MP Khaled Al-Shatti re­jected calls to stage a demo out­side the Rus­sian em­bassy or hold a par­lia­men­tary meet­ing, say­ing that Syr­ian peo­ple should be con­grat­u­lated in­stead for the lib­er­a­tion of Aleppo from “ter­ror­ists”.

Mean­while, op­po­si­tion MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Dal­lal said he has started col­lect­ing sig­na­tures of law­mak­ers to hold a spe­cial Assem­bly ses­sion on Jan 10 to dis­cuss the con­tro­ver­sial eco­nomic re­form pack­age. He said many points in the pack­age need to be ex­plained. The pack­age was strongly crit­i­cized by a ma­jor­ity of MPs dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, sev­eral pro-gov­ern­ment MPs, many of whom were mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous house, pro­posed a draft law to ban the gov­ern­ment from rais­ing the price of ser­vices or com­modi­ties with­out the prior ap­proval of the Assem­bly. Dal­lal mean­while said that a ma­jor­ity of MPs sup­port the amend­ment of the one-vote elec­tion sys­tem. Also, MP Khalil Al-Saleh sub­mit­ted a pro­posal call­ing on all ex­pa­tri­ates who come to Kuwait as vis­i­tors to have med­i­cal in­sur­ance that cov­ers the du­ra­tion of their visit.

Sep­a­rately, the con­sti­tu­tional court set Dec 25 to look into the elec­tion pe­ti­tions in the first, sec­ond and third elec­toral con­stituen­cies. It also set Dec 26 and 27 to look into sim­i­lar pe­ti­tions for the fourth and fifth con­stituen­cies re­spec­tively. The court will likely set other dates to ei­ther hear ar­gu­ments or is­sue its ver­dicts. The process is likely to take sev­eral months.

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