Kuwaiti MPs warn against escalation of disputes with government


Meanwhile, the MPs called on the legislative and the executive authorities not to exchange accusations with a view to avoiding tensions that could harm the interests of the homeland.

They held both the government and NA responsible for the deterioration of political, economic and social situation in the country.

However, other MPs blamed the deterioration on what they called "weak performance" of the government.

They questioned the appropriations of some KD 11 billion (about USD 33 billion) in the state budget that should help execute large projects of economic development.

The MPs also lashed at H.H. the Prime Minister’s mechanism for nominating cabinet ministers.

The reason behind several political crises in the country lies in the mechanism of nominating cabinet ministers, the MPs said, calling for choosing "more efficient" ministers.

Meanwhile, the MPs urged the government to develop radical solutions for the problems of "bureaucracy, paralysis and masked unemployment" in several government sectors.

They lashed at the failure of the government to slate specific timetable for the implementation of the priorities of its policy statement.

They also criticized the late referral of the policy statement of the government to the NA, and the rise of interest rates on consumer loans. The MPs held the Central Bank of Kuwait responsible for the rising interest rates.

Another group of MPs called for development of a clear-cut foreign policy towards the situation in neighboring Iraq, and the Iranian nuclear issue.

During its Tuesday session, the NA agreed to extend the mandate of its committee on health and social affairs and labor for three months more to work out a report on the irregularities of former health minister.

The committee requested the extension of its mandate in order to complete a detailed investigation into the axes of interpellation of the former minister, said chief of the committee MP Jamal Al-Kandari.

For his part, Health Minister Abdullah Al-Taweel said his government attributed great importance to the health and safety of all people in Kuwait.

The minister admitted that the health services were not good enough and agreed with the MPs on the necessity of wording out quick solutions.

The Ministry of Health suffers from bureaucracy, paralysis and centralism, the minister said.

He pledged to work out short, medium, and long-term plans to develop the health services and build new hospitals nationwide.

Tuesday parliamentary session mulled also the letter of Minister of State for NA Affairs who urged acceleration of debates on 20 bills; including one on transformation of Kuwait Airlines Company (KAC) into a public shareholding Co., another on regulation of privatization process and a third bill on partnership between private and public sectors.

The NA is scheduled to continue its debates Wednesday on the Amiri letter to the inauguration of the current 11th legislative term.

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