BREAKING NEWS – Kuwait PM to be grilled by parliament in secret session

Kuwait’s Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah will be grilled by the parliament at a secret session as per the government’s request after parliamentarians approved the request filed by MP Abdulkarim Al-Kanderi. As per Article 135 of the National Assembly’s Statute, a query request against the prime minister or cabinet ministers was debated today, exactly eight days after the request was filed.

Last week MP Abdulkarim Al-Kanderi had filed a grilling motion against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah for allegedly failing to implement the development programme.

Kandari charged the prime minister has failed to perform his job as the head of the Council of Ministers, which is responsible for drawing and implementing public policies and development plans.

The lawmaker also insisted that the prime minister is responsible for the failure of the government to implement key policies on correcting the demographic structure, which resulted in expatriates reaching 3.36 million against just 1.4 million citizens.

MP Safa Al-Hashem has been repeatedly saying that Kuwaitis have been a victim of rising crimes carried out by expatriates, including prostitution and drugs. She called for actions by the government to force expatriate single males out of mostly-family residential areas.

In the grilling, Kandari also charged that the prime minister is responsible for the Council of Ministers conceding parts of its responsibilities like allowing the Amiri Diwan to carry out key projects that are the work of the government.

Kandari charged that the Council of Ministers under H.H. Sheikh Jaber had failed to implement the necessary policies to cut spending and also failed to safeguard national unity and identity with regards to the controversial issue of using illegal methods to get Kuwaiti citizenship.

He said the government failed to adopt the right fiscal policy to cut spending to face the growing budget deficit following the crash in oil prices in 2014 and instead resorted to the pocket of the citizens by increasing the cost and prices of some services and commodities. He charged that the government of the prime minister has failed to resolve unemployment among Kuwaiti citizens, and contrary to what was promised, the government continued to appoint expatriates in public sector jobs, depriving Kuwaitis of the positions.