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Kuwaiti education minister denies racism allegations
April 15, 2015, 9:07 am
Kuwaiti Education Minister Bader Al Essa.

Kuwaiti Education Minister Bader Al Essa has denied accusations he made racist comments about the country’s education authority.

Al Essa was quoted by an Arabic daily as saying the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) had been “hijacked by tribals and Islamists”.

The comment attracted criticism from opposition MPs and Islamist activists, who described it as “racist”,  a local daily reported.

Lawyer Mishari Al Ayada reportedly said he would file a lawsuit against Essa for violating the national unity law.

However, in a short statement on Monday Al Essa clarified his comment.

He said he meant that certain sections of the education ministry, Kuwait University and the PAAET were dominated by particular sects and political groups, which he did not name or distinguish.

He added he would not allow this to continue, a local daily said. Al Essa said he had asked the newspaper to correct his comment.

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