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10 Kuwaiti MPs File No-Confidence Motion Against Finance Minister

10 Kuwaiti MPs File No-Confidence Motion Against Finance Minister

Wednesday, 5 August, 2020 - 09:00
Part of the Kuwaiti Parliament’s session on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (AFP)

Ten Kuwaiti lawmakers on Tuesday filed a no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Barak al-Shitan.

According to Kuwait’s Parliament Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim, the request came after the parliament discussed in its regular session motion filed by MP Riyadh al-Adsani.

Adsani grilled the minister for the second time in a few weeks over almost the same issues and this time accused the minister of attempting to overburden citizens with additional charges.

It includes three axes, the first of which is related to the 2020 economic document, the Public Institution for Social Security, as well as financial issues and misleading of public opinion.

Ghanim said that the parliament “may not issue its decision in this regard before seven days of the submission date,” in accordance with article 102 of the constitution and article 144 of the National Assembly’s regulations.

Voting on the request will take place in a special session on Wednesday, he added.

Ghanim further explained that Article 101 states that “every minister should live up to the responsibilities and duties of their positions, and if the parliament loses confidence in any of the ministers, then they should step down immediately.”

The no-confidence motion can only go through if approved by an “overwhelming majority,” amid a voting process in parliament, one that ministers are barred from taking part, he noted.

The 10 MPs are Rakan al-Nasef, Omar al-Tabtabaei, Mubarak al-Hajraf, Ahmad al-Fadhl, Safa al-Hashem and Khalil al-Saleh, as well as Khaled al-Shatti, Salah Khorshed, Saleh Ashour, and Adasani.

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