His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
Kuwait PM extols "nation of justice"
KUWAIT-- Kuwait is a nation of "firm laws and uncompromising justice," where anyone convicted will be held accountable, the country's prime minister His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Monday.
In an interview with editors-in-chief of local newspapers and media outlets, including KUNA's Chairman and Director General Sheikh Mubarak Al-Duaij Al-Sabah, the Premier cited His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's "explicit instructions" over efforts to fight corruption and protect public funds; a plan the Kuwaiti government is intent on bringing to fruition, he said.
It is incumbent upon the government to take His Highness the Amir's words to heart, Kuwait's new prime minister emphasized, saying that his previous position as foreign minister is unlike the responsibilities he now has to take over.
On the fight against corruption, His Highness said it entails "collective efforts" on the part of the government and citizens alike, calling on his fellow compatriots to report to concerned bodies any information they may have on corruption cases.
On forming a new government, the top minister said the process would take place in due course, pointing out that any political and parliamentary endeavor should be undertaken by those with the knowhow needed to navigate through hardship.
He said that, at times, lawmakers "defy logic," promising that as soon as a new government is formed, he would immediately start working with ministers and officials to achieve the county's development plans, saying his diplomatic experience would serve him well.
On the new government's priorities, he listed education and the status of Kuwait's illegal residents as matters that would ultimately take precedence, in addition to plans that aim to "rejuvenate" the national economy, adding that the country has "high hopes" in the face of harsh realities.
Kuwait is on the cusp of a significant juncture marked by the formation of a new government that will assume an "enormous amount of responsibilities," as he urged the ministers to be chosen to perform their duties competently.
On the relationship between the government and parliament, the prime minister said it is largely a "political affair," clarifying that it should not come at the expense of public funds or the welfare of the state.
The prime minister went on to pin high hopes on the upcoming Gulf summit slated for next week in the Saudi capital Riyadh, saying the talks could help usher in a period of positive change.