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His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah emphasized on the importance of upholding democracy and maintaining the constitution, considering them as a source of Pride for all Kuwaiti citizens, stressing on his adherence to not violating the constitution no matter what the circumstances. During the meeting at Seif Palace today, His Highness warned the Editors of Local Newspapers and chairman and General Manager of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Sheikh Mubarak of the regression of democracy and the slack security in Kuwait due to the desire of political acquisition, affirming his preservation of democracy and the constitution as much as possible. The meeting was attended by His Excellency Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah and His Excellency Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Minister of Health Sheikh Mohammed Mubarak Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah.
His Highness said that Kuwait is blessed with freedom and democracy and it is our duty to uphold these blessings pointing to the importance of setting restraints over freedom to prevent chaos , impinging others authority and forcing them to make inaccurate decisions.
His Highness stressed on respecting the instrument of interpellation considering it a democratic practice and his rejection of all that will violate the constitutional provisions calling on MPs to maintain the constitution which brought them to parliament.
The context of the meeting is as follows:
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah expressed his pleasure at meeting the editors of local newspapers and the Chairman and General Manager of Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and for responding to the invitation by attending such a meeting which is always recommended by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
He said that such meetings are considered an opportunity to discuss local developments as well as the results of his latest visit to India and the significant developments achieved especially in the field of technology which will be beneficial to both the public and private sectors.
His Highness stressed on the importance of maintaining democracy and the constitution which we are proud of, pledging never to violate its articles and provisions.
His Highness warned of the waning of democracy and lack of security in Kuwait due to the desire of political acquisition, saying "I had many choices but I chose to maintain democracy and the constitution as much as possible, although the government has supporters in the National Assembly to face the grilling".
He said "Kuwait is blessed with freedom and democracy and it is our duty to uphold these blessings setting restraints over freedom to prevent chaos , impinging on the authority of others and compelling them to make inaccurate decisions.
setting restraints and frameworks over freedom will enable us to refer back to them, pointing that the absence of these restraints will lead to chaos, impinging on the authority of others and forcing them to carry out inaccurate procedures".
Answering a question regarding the importance of the Third African Arab Summit which is hosted by Kuwait next week, His Highness lauded the readiness of the security staff to ensure the success of the summit, urging to take advantage of this important event in which around 62 countries are participating and the presence of media staff who came to cover it, through highlighting democracy which is enjoyed by Kuwait as well as its humanitarian contributions in different parts of the world.
His Highness announced that next Tuesday the 19th of November, the date of convention of the Third African Arab Summit, will be a national holiday given the large number of delegations participating in the summit.
Regarding the grilling which is to be addressed by MP Riad Al-Adsani to His Highness, His Highness said "I respect the grilling and the opposing points of view but I can't accept anything that is constitutionally unsound" stressing that the write off of some unconstitutional aspects by the National Assembly was right and positive, urging not to distort democracy and sound past practices.
He also urged MPs to safeguard the constitution which brought them to parliament, affirming at the same time the readiness of the government to cooperate in implementing what is agreed upon by all.
His Highness stressed on the necessity to resort to the constitutional court ruling which defined the responsibilities of the Prime Minister, calling on the legislative and executive powers to interpret the articles and rulings of the constitution and the constitutional court and aware the citizens about them.
Answering a question regarding the stand of his Highness on the platform if there were not any constitutional notes on the grilling addressed to him, His Highness said "I took an oath to protect and maintain the constitution so it's my duty to take the platform and explain the truth that goes with the essence of democracy and laws to the Kuwaiti citizens".
In response to a question regarding the demands of some MPs and politicians to conduct and cabinet reshuffle, His Highness said "I don't have any problem to make a cabinet reshuffle if needed for the interest of the nation considering it as above everything else" in a way that will ensure the selection of efficient ministers who are able to take responsibility and achieve the aspirations of the Kuwaiti citizens.
In response to a question as to whether the government is being targeted from within the parliament, he expressed his belief that the government of Jaber Al-Mubarak is not the target but the real target is the democracy in Kuwait, affirming his keenness to cooperate with a strong parliament that the government can depend on to monitor and support in performing its duties. Regarding the issues of development and housing, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that these issues are important and they require planning, drawing a roadmap and specific mechanisms, he explained by saying "we have come quite a long way in development and housing plans and we are moving forward "ministers bear the responsibility which is entrusted to them.
He stressed his readiness to cooperate and coordinate with the legislative authority in the cases of housing and development, considering them as the most important public demand even if it requires setting new legislations to facilitate the government work.
He added that his government would act to address bureaucracy to achieve true development in the country, especially in the private sector which will serve the interest of Kuwait, its people and others.
Regarding the issue of sport, His Highness said "sport and its problems are a big concern which we seek to overcome".
Regarding the reason for delay in opening Jaber Al-Ahmed International Stadium which led to the squandering of millions, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak said that a committee has been formed to ensure the safety of the stadium and investigate the associated faults in addition to forming another committee to investigate the person behind this negligence whether they were high officials, contractors or consultants to take appropriate measures against them.
On the role of the Public Authority to fight corruption, His Highness said that the authority was established to punish involved in corruption, affirming the government's seriousness to implement deterrent measures against corrupt elements.
In response to a question regarding the announcement of His Highness the Amir and the issues raised by the Audit Bureau's reports that there are matters that need to fight corruption. His Highness said that we count on the Public Authority to fight corruption and we also take the reports of Audit Bureau into consideration, and we will face and fight corruption everywhere because it is the primary enemy for the financial and administrative system.
And he added by saying "the corrupt must be punished and there is nothing wrong with that, and I always urge for the existence of such deterrent penalties for those who practice corruption"
For his part, the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah said that an executive body was established in the Public Authority to fight corruption issuing a list that carries out the implementation of corruption related laws.
Regarding sports, Sheikh Salman Al-Hmoud commented by saying "we are in the diagnosis and treatment phase now to ensure that Kuwaiti sport resumes its place in the lead".
Shiekh Salman Al-Hmoud stressed his keenness on the proper implementation of international law especially the Olympic Charter, urging cooperation to achieve the public interest in finding a solution for the sport problem.
He said that the country is the primary and first backbone of sports activity in Kuwait, expressing his confidence in making decisions in the upcoming period which will be in favor of sport and athletes.
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