KUWAIT CITY, April 20, (Agencies): Kuwait ranked first in the GCC and 103rd internationally in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders — an advocacy group based in Paris. A total of 180 countries were ranked based on the following indicators: pluralism, media independence, environment and selfcensorship, legislative framework, transparency, infrastructure and abuses. These countries obtained scores ranging from 0 to 100, with 0 being the best possible score and 100 the worst.
KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Attorney General Chancellor Dherar Al-Assousi yesterday issued an arrest warrant against MP Abdulhameed Dashti after the parliament lifted his immunity over a case filed against him for slandering Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the judges in the Abdali cell case. Notably, Bahrain’s Public Prosecution had issued a directive including an Interpol arrest warrant against Dashti.
Manama: Around 1,100 Lebanese and Syrian citizens living in Kuwait will be asked to leave the country over their links to Lebanese militia Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti daily said.
The expatriates have direct support and organisational links with the group classified as terrorist this month by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Arab League, and condemned by the Arab interior ministers in the Tunisia Declaration.
Some of the men on the black lists have already been informed they had only one month to finalise their arrangements and leave Kuwait, Al Qabas reported on Friday.
KUWAIT CITY, March 9, (KUNA): An eminent expert has called for comprehensive structural reforms to boost integration among the country’s various sectors and enhance the financial basis to minimize effects on the State budget due to low oil prices.
KUWAIT: The total number of candidates applying to run for by-elections in the third electoral constituency reached 39 and then dropped to 38 (including one female candidate) when one of them withdrew by the end of working hours on the seventh day.
KUWAIT: Ten male candidates yesterday applied to the elections committee, filing nominations to run for by-elections in the third electoral constituency, said informed sources, pointing out that nominations would be accepted until Jan 22 and elections would be held on Feb 20.
KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah today opens the new term of the National Assembly which is expected to start with a discussion of a grilling against the Social Affairs and Labor Minister over alleged irregularities. The Amir will address the lawmakers about the local, regional and international situation. The address will be followed by the government statement to be delivered by the Prime Minister in which he will outline the government projects over the next year.
KUWAIT: Islamist MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran said yesterday that he plans to submit amendments to the electoral law and to the constitution with the aim to increase the number of MPs in a bid to allow membership of the Cabinet to be raised.
Minister of Electricity and Water and Public Works Ahmad Al-Jassar submitted his resignation yesterday and did not attend the regular meeting of the Cabinet as a result. Jassar tendered his resignation after the lower court on Monday sentenced him and 14 former and current officials from the ministry of electricity and water to a two-year jail term and dismissal from service, with an option to pay KD 1,000 to suspend the imprisonment. They were also fined KD 20,000 each.
Kuwaiti voters elected pro-government candidates to replace five opposition lawmakers who resigned two months ago in by-elections that saw one of the lowest turnouts in the emirate's history.
The results will boost the grip of the government on the 50-seat parliament where it already enjoyed a comfortable majority.
Almost all opposition groups boycotted the by-elections as they did the general elections held in February and December of 2012 which were both overturned by court judgements.
Thousands of anti-government protesters have rallied in Kuwait, demanding an end to alleged multi-million dollar corrupt transactions which they say involve government officials.
The protesters came out in response to a call made by veteran opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack, who vowed to reveal the names of officials he accused of complicity in bribery.
The ruler of Kuwait accepted on Monday the resignation of the education minister, the second cabinet member to resign in two weeks, state-run KUNA news agency quoting an official statement.
The cabinet of the oil-rich Gulf nation was informed of the decision during its weekly meeting, the statement said.
No reason was given for the resignation of Education Minister Ahmad al-Mulaifi, but local media reported that he stepped down after two Egyptian workers were killed at a construction site for Kuwait's new university.
Kuwait will hold parliamentary by-elections on June 26 to replace five lawmakers who quit over a row about questioning the Gulf state's prime minister in parliament, a senior government official said late on Sunday.
Some Kuwaiti media have said the resignations of the five in April and May could lead to the dissolution of the 50-member assembly. By setting a date for by-elections, the government is signaling it wants to push ahead with the current parliament.
Kuwait’s justice and Islamic affairs minister has resigned after a senior U.S. official said he had called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism.
Last month Nayef al-Ajmi rejected the comments made in March by U.S. Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen as “groundless and baseless,” and was backed by the cabinet.
But on Monday, Ajmi said the Gulf state’s ruler had accepted his resignation, local news service al-Rai reported on Monday. Kuwaiti media reported last month that he had already offered to resign once, citing health reasons.
Two more Kuwaiti legislators have resigned in protest at the parliament's refusal to question the prime minister on corruption allegations, bringing to five the number of MPs who have quit over the issue.
Ali al-Rashed, a former parliamentary speaker, and Safa al-Hashem, the only female MP in the 50-member house, said on Sunday that they had resigned because the situation in the Gulf state had reached a "deadlock."
Three Kuwaiti MPs have declared they will quit after the National Assembly rejected their application to hold a public grilling of the prime minister, Kuwait Times reported.
Parliamentary questioning of the prime minister is viewed in Kuwait as MPs’ greatest power in a semi-democracy where majority of Cabinet members are appointed by the Emir rather than elected.
MPs regularly apply to “grill” ministers on various issues.
First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said Kuwait did not wish to see presidential elections in Syria, while President Bashar Al-Assad's candidacy would undermine political endeavors for transition.
"We don't wish to see presidential elections in Syria in June next," Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled told a session of the Arab Media Forum.
Kuwait's prime minister has told legislators that a videotape allegedly showing former senior officials plotting a coup was "tampered with", stirring more controversy in the Gulf Arab state.
Local media have said the former officials in the videotape include a senior member of the ruling family, without giving details.
An opposition group in Kuwait, the Gulf Arab country with the most open political system, has set out a wide-ranging proposal for reform including parties, an elected government and greater powers for parliament.
The Opposition Coalition, formed last year by already existing groups of nationalists, Islamists, youths and liberals, issued a call at the weekend for major constitutional and legislative reforms to give elected officials more power.