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Kuwait Constitution Golden Jubilee celebrations start Spectacular $15m fireworks display earns Kuwait place in Guinness record

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 10, (Agencies): The festive celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the ratification of Kuwait’s Constitution were held Saturday afternoon at the coastal Gulf Road, with huge public participation.

The celebrations commenced with a popular march in the Gulf Road. Citizenry and residents of different age categories have taken part in the march.

Then French Aircraft team conducted an impressive fly-past. Kites-lover had also their touch in the celebrations with another fly-past with their eye-catching colorful kites.

Marine vessels and boats had their own performance in the Gulf waters.

These spectacular and daring displays have attracted hilarious applauses from excited fans.
The Gulf Road and the whole celebration areas were decorated with colorful flags and banners.
Kuwait’s Constitution was issued on November 11, 1962 by a decree from the then-Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the 11th ruler of Kuwait.

Kuwait’s sky was lit up Saturday night with a spectacular huge fireworks show.

The Gulf Road has been divided into 9 celebration zones starting from Ruby waterfront and extending all the way to the Green Island. Each zone has two information booths, providing people with any information or assistance required.

Over 25 different companies and organizations had been involved in the planning of the events, and over 1,000 young Kuwaitis had volunteered for the day, to serve refreshments, provide information, brochures, etc.

The KD 4.163 million budgeted celebration saw surprises taking places in the sea, sky and land. Moreover, printouts of the Constitution were to be disseminated, and a commemorative coin has been released by the Central Bank of Kuwait.
Meanwhile, an eminent expert affirms that it “safeguards status of HH the Amir.” The natives’ allegiance to Al-Sabah Family as rulers of the country more than 300 years ago, on basis of shura (consultation), paved way for the enactment of the Kuwait Constitution, that practically affected diverse aspects of the Kuwaitis’ life.
Kuwait was the first regional country that drafted a Constitution, thus turning into a Constitutional state and placing it on map of states that embraced democracy and liberties.
The National Constitution set up basis for regulating the relationship between the ruler and the ruled and its adoption was a turning point in the country’s political process since the people declared allegiance to Sheikh Sabah I as ruler of the country in 1756, said Dr Hamed Al-Abdullah, a professor of political sciences at Kuwait University in an exclusive interview with Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), on the national occasion.
Provision 6 of the Constitution says the governing system in the country is democratic, sovereign, where the nation is the source of all powers. The ruling system is not autocratic in terms of political decision making. The National Assembly practices legislative authorities, with regard to election and nomination, and members of the parliament are representatives of the people, responsible for legislation and supervision of performance of the executive authority. Moreover, the assembly “plays a role in choosing the heir apparent.”
Meanwhile, Kuwait on Saturday marked the golden jubilee of its constitution with a spectacular $15-million fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
“I am happy to verify that with 77,282 fireworks, a new Guinness world record has been set tonight” in Kuwait City, a representative of Guinness World Records announced on Kuwait television at the end of the display.
Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and expatriates filled the seaside Arabian Gulf Road where the one-hour fireworks and laser display was staged to mark the 50th anniversary of the constitution.
Ahead of the celebration, Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah reiterated in a televised speech the government’s unwavering commitment to democracy and called for national unity as the oil-rich Gulf state goes through a bitter political crisis.
During the past 50 years, parliament was dissolved nine times, six of them since mid-2006, while some articles of the constitution itself were frozen twice to suspend parliament for a total of 11 years in the 1970s and 1980s.

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