Abundant grilling in the 16th quarter; Ex-PM faces six out of 17 arrests – ARAB TIMES






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KUWAIT CITY, August 17: A total of 16 MPs submitted 17 grilled motions during the 16th Legislature – 11 in the first year and six in the second year. The first year of the 16th Legislature saw the highest number of grilled motions in the legislative life of the country and none of these grilled motions were debated, which is unprecedented in the history of the Assembly. During the second year, six fence requests were filed and four of them were discussed; resulting in the tabling of three motions of censure and one motion of non-cooperation.

His Highness Former Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Parliament did not debate these motions and two other interpellations due to the resignation of the government. Six of the 17 grilled motions were against His Highness former Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid — 35% of the total; two against former Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad, former Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali and former Health Minister , Dr. Basel Al-Sabah; one against former Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Financial Affairs and Investment Khalifa Hamada, former Minister of Interior Sheikh Thamer Al-Sabah, former Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Housing and Development urban Shaya Al-Shaya, former Minister of Trade and Industry Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salman and former Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Youth Ali Al-Mousa. J

The Assembly did not deliberate on 13 motions grilled because of the resignation of the government, while one was withdrawn; four grilling motions were discussed, resulting in the submission of three motions of no confidence against ministers and one non-cooperation motion against Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid. The government resigned a day before the vote on the non-cooperation motion. Former MPs Shuaib Al-Muwaizri and Hamdan Al-Azmi submitted the most toasting motions – four each; followed by former MP Khalid Al-Otaibi with three; former MPs Thamer Al-Suwait, Hassan Jawhar and Muhannad Al-Sayer with two; and former MPs Muhammad Al-Mutair, Mehalhal Al-Mudaf, Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi, Musaed Al-Ardi, Saled Zeib Al-Mutairi, Fayez Al-Jomhour, Hesham Al-Saleh, Soud Bu Sleeb and Abdullah Al-Mudaf with a . January 5, 2021; former MPs Khalid Al-Otaibi and Thamer Al-Suwait filed the first petition against Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid for violation of Article 98 of the Constitution and executive control over the formation of parliamentary committees.

March 8, 2021; former MPs Muhammad Al-Mutair and Hamdan Al-Azmi filed the second petition against Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid regarding the selective application of laws.

March 29, 2021; former MPs Hassan Jawhar, Mehalhal Al-Mudaf and Muhannad Al-Sayer filed the third petition against the former Prime Minister regarding the government’s failure to comply with Article 98 of the Constitution, the systematic theft of public funds and manipulation of citizens’ wealth.

March 30, 2021; former MP Musaed Al-Ar-di filed the fourth petition against Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid over the deliberate interruption of parliamentary work by ministers, but Al-Ardi later withdrew the petition. On the same day, former MPs Ahmed Mutei Al-Azmi and Soud Bu Sleeb filed a scathing petition against former Minister of Health Dr. Basel Al-Sabah on the following issues: Ministry’s failure to fight Covid -19, lack of cooperation with the legislative authority and financial and administrative corruption.

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May 2, 2021; former MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri filed a petition against former Minister of Finance and Minister of State for Economic Affairs and Investment Khalida Hamada for breach of Article 99 of the Constitution and the article 121 of the decree of the Assembly. The same day; Al Muwaizri filed a scathing petition against former Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad, for alleged violation of Article 99 of the Constitution.

May 23, 2021; former MPs Shuaib Al-Muwaizri and Saleh Zeib Al-Mutairi filed a petition against Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid for violation of Article 100 of the Constitution; Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority Act No. 2/2016 due to the failure of the relevant officials to submit their financial statements within 60 days of their appointment; failure to respect articles 7, 8, 16, 20, 25 and 127 of the Constitution; and refusal to coordinate with public institutions to collect accrued gains.

May 26, 2021; former MPs Thamer Al-Suwait, Khalid Al-Otaibi and Abdulkareem Al-Kandari filed a petition against former interior minister Sheikh Thamer Al-Sabah for preventing citizens from holding meetings – a violation of the Article 44 of the Constitution, selective application of laws, abusive attitude of the security authorities towards the Bedouns, inability to solve the traffic problem and an unbalanced demographic structure.

September 1, 2021; former MP Fayez Al-Jomhour filed a petition against former Minister of State for Municipal Affairs and Housing Shaya Al-Shaya for neglecting the duty of the Public Authority for Housing Protection to implement housing projects in Mutlaa and south of Saad Al Abdulla, as well as complicity with the Ministry of Finance and the Kuwait Credit Bank to impose the mortgage as the only alternative to the mortgage.

October 22, 2021; former MP Hesham Al-Saleh filed a scathing petition against former health minister Dr Basel Al-Sabah over the waste of public funds, failure to deal with the Covid-19 crisis and financial violations estimated at millions of Kuwaiti dinars.

November 1, 2021; former MP Hamdan Al-Azmi filed a complaint against former Minister of Trade and Industry Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salman for allegedly threatening senior officials and damaging Kuwait’s reputation in the world. He also filed a scathing petition against former Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali for allowing women to perform military service, favoritism in the promotion of officers and administrative and financial violations. All of the aforementioned grilled motions were removed from the agenda of the legislature due to the resignation of the government.

Al-Azmi re-filed the petition against Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali on January 1, 2022; adding more points such as non-compliance with the recommendations of the State Audit Office on the Eurofighter arms deal, abandonment of state properties and violation of Cabinet decision to replace expatriate workers with nationals.

January 18, 2022; the Assembly debated the toasting motion, and then 10 deputies signed the motion of no confidence, which was approved by 23 of the 41 lawmakers while 18 voted against.

February 1, 2022; Al Muwaizri filed a scathing petition against former Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Muhammad. The Assembly debated the motion on February 18, 2022, which resulted in the presentation of a motion of no confidence with 23 out of 44 deputies voting against and 21 in favour. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff





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