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Kuwait Cabinet expresses confidence in Info. Min. against scheduled grilling
January 24, 2017, 8:39 am

The Cabinet at its weekly regular session Monday expressed hope that MPs' interpellation of the Minister of Information, scheduled in a parliamentary session in end of this month, would be in line with the National Constitution and relevant laws and demonstrated strong confidence in the minister's ability "in facing" the MPs' queries.

According to a statement read after the Cabinet session, the MPs discussed the interpellation motion that had been presented against the Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, by the members of the National Assembly; Dr. Walid Al-Tabtabaei, Abdulwahab Al-Babtain and Al-Humaidi Al-Subaiee.

The ministers, during the session, were briefed by Minister Sheikh Salman about "legal and constitutional irregularities included in the motion, clarifying various facts related to the questioning the (forecast) response.

"While the Cabinet affirms that the interpellation is a Constitutional right for members of the National Assembly for sake of attaining purposeful parliamentary supervision over the executive authority, in line with the restrictions stipulated by the Constitution and the National Assembly's bylaws as well as rules of the Constitutional Court, affirms its satisfaction with respect of soundness of the Information Minister's stance and full confidence in his capacity to face the interpellation."

The Cabinet expressed hope "the parliamentary practice regarding the interpellation will be according to legal and Constitutional restrictions, frameworks by-laws and rules of the Constitutional Court, for attaining the aspired objectives and public interests' requirements."

On January 15th, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim announced that interpellation of the Minister of Information would be included in agenda of the parliament's session, due on January 31st.

The lawmakers are seeking to grill the minister about "suspension of sports activities in the State of Kuwait," purported "mishandling of public funds, along with existence of suspicious (illegal) benefits in breach of the National Constitution and relevant laws that regulate public funds' expenditure at the Ministry of youth and affiliate authorities."

They are also questioning the minister about "financial and administrative irregularities falling under the grilled minister's jurisdictions, the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters -- which have remained unresolved with the manipulated funds unreturned."

Moreover, the three members of the Kuwaiti parliament are grilling Sheikh Salman about alleged infringement on freedom of the press, clamping down on tweets and publishers through issuance of resolutions and legislations that restrict freedoms of expression and publishing.

Source: KUNA

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