The Kuwaiti Cabinet yesterday praised the Information Minister’s replies to the MPs during the recent parliamentary interpellation session, namely the “irrefutable” information he stated in response to the legislators. The ministers, during their weekly meeting, re-affirmed that the inquiry was marked with “controversial and irregular points,” according to a statement read post the session, also noting that the MPs who grilled the minister deviated from constitutional and legal norms.
They extolled the Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah for his “convincing responses, irrefutable information and non-controversial facts” he had stated during the inquiry session. The ministers examined Tuesday’s grilling session, during which Minister Sheikh Salman was quizzed before ten MPs presented a non-confidence motion against him according to article 143 of the parliament by-law, along with “with other repercussions witnessed in latest days.”
The ministers expressed support for Minister Sheikh Salman shortly after National Assembly Speaker voiced identical views on process of the grilling saying it was politically motivated and that the interpellators did not stick to the scheduled inquiry topics.
On January 15, three MPs requested grilling the minister over his purported responsibility for international suspension of national sports, alleged violation of freedom of the press and wrongdoings at the financial and administrative levels. Article 100 of the Kuwaiti Constitution entitles every member of the National Assembly to question the prime minister and cabinet members in regard to matters falling within their jurisdictions. His Highness Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah chaired the weekly session, held at Bayan Palace.