Kuwaiti parliament elects speaker

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Kuwaiti lawmaker Marzouq al-Ghanem was elected parliament speaker on Tuesday after garnering 36 votes.

Lawmaker Ali al-Rashed came in second with 18 votes, while Rawdan al-Rawdan was third with eight votes.

In his first comments as parliament speaker, Ghanem pledged to listen to all opinions, and to speak on behalf of the Kuwaiti people, whom he “is proud to represent.”

He added: “The Kuwaitis tolerated the hot weather during Ramadan and headed to polls because they still have hopes, and because they want to alter (and develop the country’s) situation.”

He said Kuwait had entered a new phase, and called on all parliamentarians to cooperate with him.

“We want a parliament devoid of struggles,” Ghanem said prior to his election, voicing hope that the parliament would fulfil citizens’ aspirations.

Ghanem was born in 1968, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported.

Addressing lawmakers, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad called on them to adhere to Kuwait’s national interests above all else.

He also called for commitment to the constitution, society’s values and principles, and cooperation between the parliament and the cabinet for the sake of stability.

The emir stressed the importance of strengthening state institutions, the sovereignty of law, comprehensive reforms, and fighting corruption.

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