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Kuwaiti lawmakers begin to grill minister on irregularities
October 31, 2018, 8:47 am

Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Adel Al­Kharafi was questioned by lawmakers on Tuesday, as Kuwait's parliament reconvened for its third regular session of the 15th legislative term.

The grilling of the Kuwaiti minister comes as per a motion filed by legislator Riyadh Al­Adsani last month, chief lawmaker Marzouq Al­Ghanim said in a speech to kick off proceedings on Tuesday. When asked by Al­Ghanim if he was ready for the interpellation, Al­Kharafi answered in the affirmative, saying he was "prepared to be questioned."

Al­Adsani accuses the Kuwaiti minister of seeking parliamentary privilege, in addition to violations related to the state budget. Meanwhile, Al­Ghanim has ordered the grilling of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al­Hamad Al­Sabah "null and void" after lawmakers Mohmmad Al­Mutair and Shuaib Al­Muwaizri had withdrawn the motion to question him.

If a motion to grill an official is rescinded, it will "automatically be removed from parliament's agenda," Kuwait's top lawmaker explained, revealing that he had received a note from the MPs declaring their intention to nix the procedure.

Source: KUNA

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