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Kuwaiti PM Pledges to Present Anti-Corruption Govt Program

Kuwaiti PM Pledges to Present Anti-Corruption Govt Program

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019 - 15:15
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah during the constitutional oath taken by his government before the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (KUNA)

Kuwait’s Prime Minister has pledged to present a work program to the National Assembly within a maximum period of three weeks.

“The cabinet’s work program will include measures to reduce corruption, pursue suspected corrupts, develop government agencies, and transform into a digital government, said Premier Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet took the constitutional oath in the National Assembly to carry out their duties in accordance with the country’s constitution.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has approved a request by the parliament to assign the Parliamentary Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee to prepare a report on the draft bill on comprehensive amnesty, within a month, despite the government's reservations.

In his speech during the National Assembly’s ordinary session on Tuesday, Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled said the government will fully cooperate with the parliament to implement the Emir’s directives, which call for combating corruption and protecting public money.

The government will submit, under Article 98 of the constitution, its program of work within a maximum period of three weeks, he stressed.

“When I commit to something I like to set a schedule that takes into consideration the Emir’s directives, the timetable of this government and the balance between aspirations and capabilities.”

On the other hand, the National Assembly agreed to the Public Prosecution's request to lift the immunity of MP Ahmad Al-Fadhel for two offenses committed.

From the 35 attending members, 22 approved to lift the immunity of al-Fadhel for the first case against 13.

In the second case, 23 members approved against 11.

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