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Al-Ghanim says MPs' special payments common practice since 92
October 2, 2017, 5:43 pm
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Extraordinary payments given to Kuwaiti MPs has been an established procedure dating back to more than a quarter of a century", Kuwait's top lawmaker said on Monday. Speaking to the press, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim revealed that "MPs had been the recipients of monthly undeclared wages worth KD 650 (US$ 2,100) since 20 October, 1992." "Parliament speakers have been asking ministers for undeclared salaries for MPs since 1992," Al-Ghanim noted, quashing speculation that the procedure was a newfound procedure.

He denied that the pecuniary process was the brainchild of the current parliamentary lineup, "who have gotten a great deal of flak over this issue, which is totally unjust," he added.

Meanwhile, Al-Ghanim pointed out that it was "incumbent upon him as parliament speaker to tell the truth and elucidate this issue to the nation." As the world faces uncertain times, the National Assembly Speaker said that such speculation "only serves to distract us from our priorities and current challenges." "You cannot blame MPs for a procedure that has been established for more than a quarter of a century," he underlined.

He cited some "missing paperwork germane to this issue", where a probe has been launched to uncover the details of the case." 

Source: KUNA

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