Kuwait govt willing to debate minister grilling at parliament


Sheikh Mohammad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, director of the Kuwait Citizens’ Services Apparatus and Assessment of Performance of Government Bodies, made the news remarks while emerging from a meeting of a parliamentary probe committee for irregularities that marred the recent parliamentary polls.
"As an observer of the situation, I expect that the government has become ready to address the grilling," he told reporters.

Asked why cabinet ministers failed to back the minister to be grilled in response to parliamentary support for the interpellation, Al-Sabah said "Such a question ought to be addressed to government members." But, he said, "The government is firmly determined to defend its minister," referring to a recent cabinet release in this respect.

Similar remarks of the same import were made by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Faisal Al-Hajji, he said.

Although he recognized that it is a constitutional right to present a query at the parliament, he voiced confidence that the minister of oil would be able to rebuff the content of the grilling, which, he believed, would be a "good experiment whereby Kuwait can show the world how both legislative and executive authorities deal with each other in a democratic manner." "The Kuwaiti society is marked by such a spirit. Hopefully, we are waiting for the debate (grilling), which could be useful to citizens and everyone can make use of it," Al-Sabah said.

He hoped that there would be no link between parliament support for the interpellation and a looming no-confidence motion.


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