Poll candidate calls on govt for ‘research-driven’ development Al-Ajmi focuses on Islamic Sharia law

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 25, (KUNA): Two Kuwaiti parliamentary hopefuls accused the government of corruption through “favouritism” while another called on the government for a national development plan driven by research.
Kuwaitis prepare to select 50 representatives who will be seated at the National Assembly, during elections due on Dec 1.
“I have put my trust in the Kuwaiti people’s awareness, understanding and desire to cause a change and alteration in the political stalemate that the country has been gripped with for a number of years as a result of irresponsible practices,” Third Constituency candidate Mohammad Al-Reesh said in a press statement on Sunday.
He also suggested that he was keen on seeing the voting in of “competent” representatives of the people at the National Assembly, able to put the interests of the nation above personal gain.
Manea Al-Ajmi blamed the government for inciting divisions within the Kuwaiti society, through favouring some communities over others and seeking to achieve individual goals.
To overcome the current political problems and for the country to witness development, ministers and MPs need to be replaced, said the Fifth Constituency candidate.
Focus needs to be given also to applying Islamic Sharia law more firmly, developing the individual through better standards of education, improving health facilities and the improved utilizing of financial surpluses and the vast areas of vacant land.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Barrak of the Fourth Constituency said that the parliament alone should be the determiner of the decree to revert to the single-vote system as opposed to the former four votes given for Kuwaitis opting to select their National Assembly representative.
The parliament will have the right to decide whether it will back or reject the decision recently taken by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, when MPs meet after the upcoming December elections.
The government should be supporting its development plans by programmes that encourage diversified income sources and attract foreign investments, he stressed.
He also pledged special significance to the issues of education, health and housing.
Education and the public health, in particular, were two sectors that needed to be addressed by the country, he said, adding he had outlined a proposal to address the issue of education.

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