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interpellation

the process by which individuals become social subjects. According to ALTHUSSER (1971), people are actually the ‘bearers of structures’ rather than ‘autonomous subjects’. Yet, if capitalist relations of production are to be reproduced, each person must be constituted as an independent individual. This is the function of IDEOLOGY. Individuals are constituted or interpellated as subjects by ‘hailing’ or addressing them as, for example, ‘the people’.

In this way, the capitalist state is able to address individuals in terms of a democratic discourse as autonomous subjects, while recruiting them into a political process whose real function is the preservation, co-ordination and reproduction of the conditions for successful capital accumulation.

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The interpellations process has been the sole mechanism for exercising legislative oversight on government activities.
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KUWAIT, May 3 (KUNA) -- Interpellation motions, submitted by MPs to question government officials on purported flaws in sectors under their jurisdictions, will be enlisted in agenda of the National Assembly session on May 10, a leading lawmaker said on Wednesday.
We'll continue the interpellation on November 23 to 25, Drilon said.
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Article 100 of the Kuwaiti Constitution provides that "Every member of the National Assembly may address to the Prime Minister and to Ministers interpellations with regard to matters falling within their competence.
Article 133 of the Parliament's bylaw provides that every MP "may address to the Prime Minister and the ministers interpellations with regard to matters falling within their competence.
The request submitted by Dashti to Acting Parliament Speaker Adel Al-Kharafi comprises four points and goes in line with article 100 of the Constitution which provides that "Every member of the National Assembly may address to the Prime Minister and to Ministers interpellations with regard to matters falling within their competence.
MP Abdullah Al-Turiji submitted the four-axe interpellation against Al-Madaj on November 23 to National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim, based on article 100 of the Constitution, namely "Every member of the National Assembly may address to the Prime Minister and to Ministers interpellations with regard to matters falling .
In his reply to a question, Al-Ghanim said interpellations constitute no obstacle to work between the legislative and the executive powers "as long as they are in line with the constitution and the (Assembly's) bylaw" hoping this latest one is "elevated and seeks reform.