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Kuwaiti PM: Amiri address commends democracy, calls for fighting corruption

– Kuwait’s leadership is pleased with democratic process to contribute to national fight against corruption, promote development and address most urgent struggle against coronavirus, said His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Tuesday.

Delivering the Amiri address to the inauguration of the 16th legislative session of the National Assembly, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled welcomed the newly elected MPs who earned the trust of the public during the December 5th parliamentary election.

The Prime Minister thanked the previous incarnations of the National Assembly and government for their efforts especially during these turbulent times.

According to the Amiri address, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled stressed that the government and parliament should work together as a unified front to address challenges and find solutions to better Kuwait and its people.

Perhaps the most trialing event this year was the loss of His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, lamented His Highness the Prime Minister, adding that it came at a time when COVID-19 had hugely impacted the way the people of Kuwait lived and the economy.

While the efforts continue to deter this menace, Kuwaitis, residents, and members of the frontline — whether in the health sector, police, army, national guard, firefighters as well as state employees — all played a part in fending off COVID-19, he stressed, wishing mercy upon those who lost their lives during the pandemic and swift recovery for the infected.

The Prime Minister then related an important message from the Amiri address concerning the respect of law, constitution, and national unity, saying that these vital tenets will help steer Kuwait as a nation toward progress and away from strife.

He indicated that the cabinet was eager to cooperate with constitutional institutes to achieve the goals of democracy, hoping that the current legislative term will usher new era of cabinet and parliament cooperation.

His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled affirmed that the government will act in accordance with the constitution — especially article 98 — to achieve the aspiration of citizens through the direct consultation with parliament to battle against corruption, boost development, and achieve goals such as the E-government.

Article 98 stipulates that, “Immediately upon its formation, every Cabinet presents its program to the National Assembly. The Assembly may make comments with regard to such a program.” In regards to the government progress, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said that it would mainly focus on fighting corruption via uprooting it from its sources and question entities and individuals behind it. He stressed that the program will be based on realistic and implementable goals.

Development the government institutions?’ will also be a priority for the cabinet, stressed Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, adding that progress in all of its meaning was a collective responsibility of all members of society.

Touching on the subject of those trading in residencies, the head of the government asserted that the cabinet will swiftly implement laws to vanquish such ill and inhumane practice, which caused a serious damage to the demographic population of Kuwait, the economy, and social structure.

He went on to say that the government will focus on finding a solution to unemployment via encouraging Kuwaitis to join the private sector in accordance with article 19/2000.

On housing welfare, the government is eager to provide land and funding to those eligible in accordance to the program, which focuses on a solid solution to the issue, he affirmed.

Regarding the National Assembly?’s draft laws, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled touched on a number of papers, which needed approval including the documents on Al-Harir (silk) city, amendments to the election law, the foreigners?’ residency law, and other issues of great importance.

Back to the government, His Highness the Prime Minister indicated that the cabinet believed that human resources?’ growth the basic brick in the proverbial structure of national development, a step which must come through cultivating the potential in youth and progressing the national education system.

Overall development is not an easy task, affirmed Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled who called on all sectors of society to drive the country?’s economy towards diversifying non-oil income to include lucrative commercial and financial venture, which will reach the nation?’s development goals and decrease the deficit.

Source: Kuwait News Agency