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Key dates in Kuwait National Assembly’s 2021

KUWAIT: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem adjourns a parliament session. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The following is a report on major events related to the National Assembly throughout 2021:

March 3: The Constitutional Court rejected an appeal on illegality of the December 2020 elections.

March 14: The Constitutional Court annulled membership of MP Bader Al-Dahoum.

March 30: The National Assembly commenced its regular session after a one-month suspension based on an Amiri decree. Cabinet members sworn in before the house.

March 30: The National Assembly approved a request by His Highness the Prime Minister to adjourn interpellations submitted against him until the end of the Assembly’s second term. It also approved an optional six-month grace period for citizens with financial commitments to various institutions, local banks and financial bodies under the umbrella of the Central Bank of Kuwait.

March 30: The National Assembly rejected in principle a parliamentary report on amnesty. Nevertheless, it approved two bills on preventive detention and free speech.

April 13: Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem announced the assembly’s rejection of parliamentary request to postpone the Prime Minister’s grilling until the end of the second ordinary session.

April 13: The National Assembly postponed the interpellation of Health Minister Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah for two weeks.

May 2: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem received a grilling motion from MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri against Foreign Minister and state cabinet Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah and Finance Minister Khalifah Hamada.

May 22: Kuwait’s Fifth Constituency voters headed to polling stations to choose their representative among 15 candidates in the 16th by-election in Kuwait parliament’s history.

May 23: Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem received a grilling motion from MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled.

May 23: The electoral committee of the Fifth Constituency announced Obaid Al-Wasmi winner of the 2021 parliamentary by-elections with 43,810 votes.

May 26: MPs Thamer Al-Dhafiri, Khaled Al-Otaibi and Abdulkareem Al-Kanderi submitted a grilling motion to the Interior Minister Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah.

May 27: The National Assembly approved a bill to add appropriations for state budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021 for frontline workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

June 9: Kuwaiti Parliament Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem arrived in Geneva to hold talks with President of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarte Pacheco on Palestine.

June 22: Kuwait’s National Assembly approved in a special session state budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and referred the bill to the government.

June 23: National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem arrived in Brussels for a two-day visit, and met representative of Arab parliaments, European Parliament President David Sassoli and Belgian Parliament Speaker Eliane Tello.

June 29: Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem called for a parliamentary session to discuss Kuwait’s financial status before ending the Parliament’s 16th legislative term.

Oct 26: The National Assembly selected MP Osama Al-Shaheen as Observer and MP Farz Al-Daihani as Secretary.

Nov 9: Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem adjourned a session following the government’s resignation. — KUNA

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