The National Assembly resumes on Tuesday the fourth session of the 14th legislative term following up on a pile of legislative and supervisory and political issues, with popular aspirations the Parliament will attain national objectives. National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali Al-Ghanim has affirmed, on the occasion, that both the legislative and executive authorities would shoulder enormous responsibilities during the resumed session, also affirming that the Parliament-Government relationship is "nowadays more stable and robust."
Speaking after holding a banquet that grouped the MPs with the Government officials, late on Sunday, Speaker Al-Ghanim said the Parliament, "while bearing a heavy inheritance, is hastily proceeding with the steps for making achievements." He urged the Government to be in tandem with the Parliament in this respect, for realizing the nationals' ambitions.
For his part, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah disclosed that the government, as part of the development plan, would seek to subject several bills under discussion with the MPs during the coming session; mentioning draft laws on public tenders, public universities, economic problems, amending penal code, Anti-Corruption Public Authority and charities.
Oil Minister and State Minister for National Assembly Affairs Dr. Ali Al-Omair said the Government priorities include bills on juveniles and tenders as well as topics to be discussed by the priorities' committee.
Overall, there are 37 draft laws, envisaged as part of the development plan, that will be submitted, soon, to the National Assembly, said Minister Dr. Al-Omair, who also spoke after last night's meeting that grouped the legislators with the Cabinet members. At start of tomorrow's session, the National Assembly's formalities commission, headed by Al-Ghanim, will lead reception of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It will open with Koranic verses, followed by His Highness the Amir's Address, and later statements by Speaker Al-Ghanim and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The session will be briefly suspended, pending His Highness the Amir's formal departure from Abdullah Al-Salem Hall.
Shortly later, it resumes for examining the agenda, including election of the Parliament Secretary, the Supervisor and an interpellation motion to be presented by MP Mohammad Tana to grill Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh. A date for the inquiry session is to be set, according to Article 135 of the Parliament's by-law.
MP Tana is questioning the minister over issues concerning the Public Authority for the Disabled, the Public Authority for Manpower, the Cooperative societies, suspected irregularities at other departments, social aid and care houses. The legislators will elect members of the parliamentary permanent and interim committees, where Provision 93 of the Constitution stipulates that the Assembly forms, during the first week of its annual meeting, its tasks' commissions.
The committees to be formed include the commission charged with preparing the reply to the Amiri Address. The MPs will elect members of the Complaints Committee, the Internal and Defense Affairs Committee, the Economic and Financial Affairs Commission, the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee and the Educational and Cultural Affairs and Guidance Committee.
Other commissions to be formed are tasked with social and health affairs and labor, foregin affairs, public utilities, State budgets and final account, public funds' protection and parliamentary priorities. As to the interim ones, the MPs may request forming such bodies to tackle other issues related to housing, youth, sport, human rights, human resource, women, family and handicapped.
National Assembly General Secretary Allam Al-Kandari said that, upon Speaker Al-Ghanim's instructions, invitations for attending the session had been addressed to general secretaries of GCC legislative assemblies, journalists from the Council's member states and Arab countries. The General Secretariat, in a previously released statistical report, noted that the Parliament during the previous session which opened on 28 October, 2014, and proceeded till July, endorsed up to 172 bills. It had also witnessed three interpellations.