Central Agency makes one more promise

Stateless Arabs, locally known as bidoons, take part in a demonstration in demand of the Kuwaiti citizenship and basic rights, in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on October 2, 2013. Bidoons were born and raised in Kuwait and claim they have the right to Kuwaiti citizenship, but the government says only 34,000 of a total of over 106,000 qualify for consideration, while the rest hold other nationalities. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Last December as the Bedoon irritated authorities with continuous protests, head of ‘Central Agency for illegal residents’, which is in charge of solving Bedoon issues, said the country will naturalize over 30,000 within 6 years. The promises are made randomly and continuously to get the pressure off Kuwaiti authorities. Today, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper said that sources stated that within few days, the Central Agency will naturalize 1708 persons including 603 children of divorced and widowed Kuwaiti women, 205 old employees in the oil ministry and carry the 1965 census, and the rest are soldiers who fought in Arab wars and Kuwait’s liberation war. The newspaper said that the Agency is taking this step after receiving orders from Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

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