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Kuwait parliament to convene today
October 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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Kuwait’s parliament will convene on Tuesday following the summer recess and the Eid holiday break.

The second session of the 14th term will be inaugurated by the Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah amid hopes of a set of priorities to improve the living conditions of the 1.1 million Kuwaitis who already enjoy some of the highest living standards in the world.

Lawmakers said that they would endeavour to meet the priorities “as expressed by the people” as they go through the government work plan for the parliamentary term.

Observers in Kuwait said that housing would be the major issue in this year’s session, in line with the list of priorities based on questionnaires prepared by the parliament to assess the views of Kuwaitis. However, they added that the issue of providing adequate houses to all applicants was too complex to be addressed in a single term, local news site Sabr reported.

No emergency or extraordinary session by the parliament elected in July was held during the summer recess, despite the emergence of several crucial issues, including the threat of a military strike against neighbouring Syria.

However, several lawmakers said that they would quiz ministers over several issues and the first sessions would indicate how serious the warnings were.

MP Faisal Al Dossan who had said that he would grill the prime minister has reportedly aid that he would postpone it while MP Safa Al Hashem has remained silent over her claim that she would quiz ministers.

MP Husain Al Quaiaan said that he would grill the health minister Shaikh Mohammad Al Abdullah while a group of lawmakers, headed by MP Yousuf Al Zalzala, said that they would quiz the minister of social affairs and labour Dhikra Al Rashidi.

Lawmakers from Al Jahra area had hinted that they would quiz ministers over mixed coffee shops, seen as places of immoral behaviour. MP Askar Al Enezi said that he would give one month to the competent minister to make the decision to shut down the mixed cafes and that he would grill him if he failed to shut them down.

The parliament and the government in Kuwait have traditionally had difficult relations that at times resulted in stalemates, the dissolution of the legislative house, and the call for fresh elections.

 

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