NEW YORK: Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly Marzouq Al-Ghanem urged Kuwaiti students in the US to be good representatives of their country. Ghanem made his remarks yesterday on the fringes of his participation in the Fourth World Conference for speakers of parliaments. Ghanim lauded National Union of Kuwaiti Students – USA Branch for their efforts in connecting students together and discussing their issues. He also listened to their problems in order to find means of solving them.
Democratic experience Ghanem had stated that Kuwait is keen on sharing its democratic experience during the proceedings of the Fourth World Conference for Speakers of Parliaments. In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) and Kuwait national television upon arrival to New York, Ghanem said that Kuwait was eager to share its democratic insights and achievements during the conference. He said that Kuwaiti parliament was directly chosen by the people, adding that the Kuwaiti constitution played an integral part in shaping legislations and laws in the country.
Ghanem is heading a delegation which includes MPs Dr Yousef Al-Zalzalah, Saif Al- Azmi, Abdullah Al-Mayouf and Secretary General of National Assembly Allam Ali Al- Kandari. Ghanem will deliver Kuwait’s speech at the conference, held every five years at the UN, today. Ghanem is also set to hold a number of bilateral meetings, on the sidelines of the conference, with his international counterparts to boost bilateral parliamentary ties with Kuwait’s National Assembly. The overall theme of the conference, due until tomorrow, is to focus on peace, democracy, and development, as well as sustainable development goals beyond 2015. The conference features participation of 150 Speakers.
Important step Separately, Ghanem said he was happy to learn Egypt’s High Election Committee (HEC) has called for general elections in October. “Holding the much anticipated parliamentary elections is an important step in the process of democratic transformation in Egypt, in the wake of the endorsement of constitution and presidential elections,” said Ghanem, who is also the Arab Parliamentary Union President. Ghanem called on the Egyptians to actively participate in the upcoming elections. He said the Arab people were looking forward for the legislative elections in the largest Arab country. HEC announced earlier that elections for the lower house of parliament would be held on October 18-19. — KUNA