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If there is will, there is a way

THE Constitutional Court has blocked the way of those keen on paralyzing the country through nullification of the National Assembly. The ruling conforming the constitutionality of the current Assembly definitely established the foundation for a new phase devoid of constitutional ambiguities — either in relation to the one-vote system or the election procedures. The ruling has turned the page of trying to reinstate the 2009 Parliament, which would have made us witnesses to the intimidation of the nullified majority again.

Today, the government is well-prepared; alongside the National Assembly whose constitutionality was affirmed through the ruling of the Constitutional Court. They are now strong enough to rescue the country from all forms of disastrous gambling. However, the two authorities are currently undergoing a litmus test, which is as important as the experience in 1986 when the Parliament was dissolved and some constitutional stipulations were suspended. The then government failed the test due to its inability to perform its role in realizing the aspirations of citizens; leading to the extensive Monday diwaniyas.

The legislative and executive authorities, or rather the government generally, should take advantage of the excellent opportunity to put everything in the right perspective; considering the current situation is different from how it was 27 years ago. Projects have been suspended and we have not seen any encouraging aspect of the development efforts we keep on hearing about. This requires determination which, if available, may open all doors. Unfortunately, the lack of willpower is a problem in our country.

Political blocs with clear objectives exploited the previous situation to empower members of their factions in various government sectors, which they continued to exhibit even after exiting the National Assembly. They turned the situation upside down as they worked against both authorities in a bid to validate the 2009 Parliament, such that, they were hell bent on amending the Constitution according to their whims. We all know their desires then.

The Constitutional Court has turned the page of doubts and electoral gambling to the point of return. The National Assembly members should justify confidence of those who elected them, and the government must be prepared to learn from the past experiences. They should be wary of any incomplete step, gambling or behind-the-scene deals to accomplish secondary achievements; because Kuwaitis are now tired of moving around the vicious circle.

Many pending problems must be solved immediately, such as those related to housing, healthcare, education and corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of several public institutions. Scandals and violations in that regard have blocked noses, so the citizens almost lost hope in seeing reforms. The previous situation was a clear indication that the administration was not really serious in addressing the problems.

Today, both authorities should be convinced that nothing is difficult if there is determination and patience. The verdict of the Constitutional Court has dismantled all factors of worry which obscured the authorities; while shutting doors against excuses for inability to issue legislation and stop hiding under the cunning interpellations. The verdict also made a pedestal for the new government to actualize the aspirations of citizens.

The ruling is in line with the popular wish for stability and finding suitable atmosphere for action, which is now available. The government should fully take advantage of the excellent opportunity, even if it requires exclusion of those who worked as proxies for particular interests. These are the people who put one leg in the sand of the government, and the other leg in the sea of the opposition — whether from the ruling family or among the ministers.

This action is necessary in building a State of institutions and Constitution. We have had enough of favoring one political group over the other, as well as getting scared of a few artificial noises. It is high time we work with utmost seriousness for Kuwait to be a country that deserves democracy; otherwise, it will become a failed State enmeshed in corruption and favoritism.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

By: Ahmed Al-Jarallah

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