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No-confidence motion filed against ‘Oil’ – PM grilling held in camera
May 2, 2018, 8:36 am
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Bakheet Al-Rashidi speaks during a parliamentary grilling session at the Kuwait National Assembly in Kuwait City on May 1. Kuwaiti MPs Abdulwahab Al-Babtain and Omar Al-Tabtabaei filed a request to question Kuwaiti Oil Minister Bakheet Al-Rashidi.

A motion of no confidence was presented against Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Bakheet Al-Rashidi during the regular parliamentary session on Tuesday, following a debate on the grilling request submitted against the minister by MPs Omar Al-Tabtabaei and Abdulwahab Al-Babtain.

The ten MPs who presented the no-confidence motion include Safa Al- Hashim, Khalil Abul, Omar Al-Tabtabaei, Adel Al-Damkhi, Salah Khourshid, Abdulwahab Al-Babtain, Hamdan Al-Azmi, Faisal Al-Kandari, Abdulkareem Al-Kandari and Al-Humaidhi Al-Subai’e.

The National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim affirmed that a noconfidence motion was presented by ten MPs against the Minister Al-Rashidi, adding that the vote on it be on May 9. In addition, 16 MPs presented a request to form a committee for investigating the key points mentioned in the grilling request filed against the oil minister.

One of the proponents of the grilling request MP Omar Al- Tabtabaei criticized the minister for the delay in completion of the clean fuel (bio-fuel) project, which is one of the largest developmental projects in the country with a production capacity of 800,000 barrels and also costs the highest for the state by KD 3.095 billion (equivalent to about $ 10.25 billion).

He said the expected date for the completion of the bio-fuel project was April 2018 but the project will be delayed until 2020 as per the report issued by the State Audit Bureau in October last year. Al-Tabtabaei claimed that there was “inconsistencies in the statements of the leaders (oil) concerning the date of project completion, which led to continued import of gasoline by the state at a high cost”.

He said the cost of importing gasoline from April last year to February this year amounted to about $350 million, adding that if this continues from February this year to January 2021, which is the latest estimated date for completion of the project, the cost of import could reach about $1.3 billion.

Source: Arab Times

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