MPs voice re­jec­tion to govt VAT ap­proval

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

A num­ber of MPs re­jected the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to im­pose value added tax (VAT), and said they will not vote for it in the Na­tional Assem­bly, be­cause VAT will in­crease prices for both cit­i­zens and ex­pats. MP Riyadh Al-Adasani said he is against taxes in­clud­ing VAT. He said this pro­posal was in­cluded in the gov­ern­ment’s work pro­gram and the prime min­is­ter was grilled over sev­eral poli­cies in­clud­ing the is­sue of high prices.

MP Ja­maan Al-Har­bash said it is not pos­si­ble to ac­cept VAT due to in­fla­tion and the gov­ern­ment’s in­abil­ity to con­trol prices. He said the Cab­i­net’s ap­proval of the GCC VAT treaty does not mean it will be ef­fec­tive with­out par­lia­ment rat­i­fi­ca­tion. MP Ab­delka­reem Al-Kan­dari de­manded im­prove­ment in ser­vices be­fore think­ing about im­pos­ing VAT, adding “we will vote against the pro­posal”.

Net­work ar­rested

A Moroc­can news­pa­per said mem­bers of a pros­ti­tu­tion net­work that was busted in­cludes Kuwaiti busi­ness­men and lawyers. Al-Masaa news­pa­per said the ar­restees in­clude a 36-year-old ju­di­cial of­fi­cial and a lawyer who is di­vorced with two chil­dren, in ad­di­tion to a busi­ness­man in the field of well-dig­ging. The four Kuwaitis con­fessed to ar­riv­ing at Al-Ma­narah air­port from Barcelona. The net­work of 13 per­sons was ar­rested af­ter vice po­lice raided a villa, but the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion de­cided to free the Gulf sus­pects.

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