Law­mak­ers call for tech­no­cratic Cabi­net to face re­gional dan­gers

Panel dis­cusses nat­u­ral­iza­tion pro­pos­als

Kuwait Times - - Local - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: Law­mak­ers yes­ter­day called on HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah to form a Cabi­net of tech­nocrats which should be com­pe­tent to face dan­ger­ous re­gional de­vel­op­ments. MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei said the new min­is­te­rial team must be based on a clear plan of re­forms, should con­sist of tech­no­cratic min­is­ters and that per­sonal in­flu­ences and fac­tors should not be al­lowed to im­pact the for­ma­tion.

The gov­ern­ment re­signed about two weeks ago fol­low­ing a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against a se­nior min­is­ter af­ter a marathon grilling. HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah asked Sheikh Jaber to form the new Cabi­net, his sev­enth since he was ap­pointed to the post in 2011. MPs have been press­ing on the premier to speed up the for­ma­tion and to adopt a new method­ol­ogy in form­ing a strong and ca­pa­ble gov­ern­ment.

Tabtabaei said he re­jects the quota sys­tem in form­ing the Cabi­net be­cause it does not serve the Kuwaiti peo­ple. He said that he sup­ports pick­ing up tech­no­cratic min­is­ters from the rul­ing fam­ily, adding that royal min­is­ters should be ap­pointed in suit­able port­fo­lios. He re­marked the Cabi­net is not a cake that is dis­trib­uted among the rul­ing fam­ily.

Tabtabaei called on the premier to ex­clude the ma­jor­ity of the out­go­ing min­is­ters in or­der to avoid dis­putes be­tween the Assem­bly and the gov­ern­ment. He also said that he sup­ports calls to post­pone grillings at this stage and to ease ten­sions be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Assem­bly.

MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Dal­lal said there was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to de­lay the for­ma­tion of the new cabi­net un­der the pre­text of the need to ease ten­sions be­tween the assem­bly and the gov­ern­ment. He said that crises in the Gulf and the whole re­gion are likely to con­tinue for a long time to come. Dal­lal in­sisted that po­lit­i­cal ten­sions will ease only when the new gov­ern­ment is ef­fec­tive and trans­par­ent, works to counter do­mes­tic and ex­ter­nal chal­lenges and ex­tend a true and real hand of co­op­er­a­tion with the National Assem­bly.

Mean­while, MP Safa Al-Hashem, the lone woman in the 50-mem­ber house, wel­comed re­ports that the prime min­is­ter is work­ing to ex­clude pro-Mus­lim Broth­er­hood mem­bers in the new Cabi­net. She said re­ports that the new Cabi­net will bal­ance be­tween re­gional and do­mes­tic re­quire­ments are wel­come, adding if this means ex­clud­ing Mus­lim Broth­er­hood mem­bers, it is a “blessed step”.

Nat­u­ral­iza­tion

In the mean­time, head of the in­te­rior and de­fense com­mit­tee MP Askar Al-Enezi said the panel dis­cussed yes­ter­day pro­pos­als for the nat­u­ral­iza­tion of chil­dren of wid­owed and di­vorced Kuwaiti women. He said that the gov­ern­ment has failed to ap­ply the law for the past sev­eral years, and ac­cord­ingly scores of chil­dren of Kuwaiti women who are wid­owed or di­vorced from non-Kuwaiti men have been un­fairly treated and left with­out Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship.

He said that un­der the law, chil­dren of Kuwaiti women are en­ti­tled to get Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship five years af­ter the death of their for­eign fa­thers, and chil­dren of Kuwaiti women from for­eign spouses can get cit­i­zen­ship af­ter seven years of di­vorce. But Enezi said that the gov­ern­ment has granted only one list of such chil­dren in the past five years, and ac­cord­ingly the gov­ern­ment must be made to ap­ply the law. He said that more meet­ings will take place with the gov­ern­ment over the is­sue.

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