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Kuwait: MPs question ‘missing billions’

Finance minister Anas Al-Saleh has denied accusations that KD3.8bn ($12.6bn) in public funds have gone missing. Members of parliament, including serial griller Awdah Al-Awdah have claimed the government spent the money without providing any records about its use. They have threatened to grill prime minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah when the next parliamentary term starts in October unless the issue is cleared up. Speaking to journalists after meeting MPs on 12 July, Al-Saleh called the allegations “baseless and untrue”. However, he acknowledged his ministry was making “ongoing efforts” to improve accounting procedures.

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