Head of the National Assembly’s health and labor committee MP Humoud Al-Khudhair said yesterday that the government rejected amendments to the labor law to raise annual leave in the private sector from 30 to 35 days.

The law had been approved by the Assembly in the first reading last month with the government’s approval, but the second and final vote on the legislation was delayed without any reason.

The government has the right to reject laws approved by the Assembly, which also has the right to override the government’s rejection by approving the law again by a two-thirds majority, or waiting until the next term to pass it with a simple majority.

Lawmakers had said the main purpose of the law is to lure more Kuwaitis to the private sector, which is dominated by expatriates.

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