KUWAIT CITY, Nov 9: The Administrative Court on Wednesday rejected the lawsuits filed by National Assembly election candidates Mohammed Al-Juwaihel and Hani Hussein as they demanded for cancellation of the decision to disqualify them from the electoral race. Al-Juwaihel and Hussein filed their candidacies from the first and third constituencies respectively.
On the other hand, the same court cancelled the decision to disqualify Badir Al-Dahoum and Mohammed Al-Haddad; thereby, allowing them to contest the upcoming election. Meanwhile, Second Constituency candidate and former MP Ahmed Yakoub Baqer said Kuwait will soon enter a new phase; indicating he considers the recent events an affirmation of his position on the need to participate in the election to improve the situation.
Speaking in a public forum entitled, “Justice and Economic Reform,” at his electoral headquarters in Qadsiya, Baqer pointed out the most important issues that the next Parliament must address include injustice and economic reform. He cited disparities in employment opportunities, salaries and overseas treatment as some examples of injustice. He clarified, “We criticize to determine the illness and seek treatment.” He added a budget has been allocated for small and medium enterprises for 10 years but none of them has been implemented until now. He said the country needs a “Marshall project” to provide services and land for the implementation of such projects with the involvement of youths. “If these projects are implemented within 10 years, they will generate jobs for 450,000 Kuwaitis,” he asserted. He went on to say that local and international economic experts have been emphasizing the need for Kuwait to find other sources of income, allow the private sector to contribute to the growth of the State, and generate jobs for young people. He suggested, “We must build factories rather than buy products from outside so we could give jobs to our youths.”
Moreover, Third Constituency candidate Hamad Al-Tuwaijri stressed that Kuwait is passing through a delicate phase in its political history, so the voters must choose the right candidates as their representatives in the Parliament. Speaking on the sideline of the opening of his election headquarters in Adailiya, Al-Tuweijri disclosed he expects 65 percent change in the structure of the next Parliament in general, and 70 percent in the Third Constituency in particular.
He urged voters to analyze what is happening around them in order to make the right decision in the next election to ensure a bright future for the country which is now standing at a crossroads. He added the next Parliament must have power and ability to make positive changes, especially since the citizens are facing a lot of challenges like the housing problem and policies which touched their pockets.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff