Al-Sahwa [Archives:2007/1040/Press Review]

April 9 2007

Thursday, April 5
Mouthpiece of the Islah Party

Main Headlines

– JMP criticizes the way government and ruling party deal with corruption

– Politicians: It is impossible for the new cabinet formation to change the country's situation

– After MPs threatened to resign, Parliament forms committee to investigate Balhaf incident

– Parties continue dialogue amid calls for media monitoring

– Domestic markets experience skyrocketing prices of foodstuffs

– Culture Minister accuses GBA Chairman of embezzlement

The Minister of Culture Khaled Al-Rowaishan asked head and members of the parliamentary media and culture committee to take the necessary procedures against Faris Al-Saqqaf, Chairman of the General Book Authority, for illegally withdrawing money in his name after dropping his family name from the checks so that nobody can identify him, the Islah Party-affiliated weekly reported. It quoted the Culture Minister as saying that his deputy Ali Hashem Bin Ali was authorized to go to the GBA Chairman to detect the money withdrawal from the bank against a check without his last name.

Reacting to the accusation, Al-Saqqaf said: “The Culture Minister is not entitled to interrogate or question me and he fears that I may replace him. Al-Rowaishan has become furious and irritated after he heard of the new cabinet formation.”