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Enough of crises … shut the doors on fiddlers

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

SOME members of the Parliament are openly talking about undermining all authorities including the supreme authority. It is their open bid to dominate these authorities and exercise parliamentary dictatorship which is not found in any other legislature in the world.

This kind of language deviates from all parliamentary and democratic values. Such an attitude does not correspond, even a bit, to the Kuwaiti culture. Therefore, we have to look into parliamentary statements concerning attempts to cripple, influence or cancel the Constitutional Court in order to eliminate the last palladium of legislative protection in the country.

This is a preliminary step for the Parliament to tighten its grip on all authorities. In the past, we warned about the organized parliamentary march on the jurisdiction of the executive authority. Apparently, the government has no confrontation and protection abilities; hence, it goes on to present one concession after another in a downward manner which has reached the submissive level of parliamentary practices against it.

Kuwaitis have witnessed how development was halted, whereas the slogans of consecutive governments are restricted to development and better legislation. This led to social retardation which cannot be overlooked. At the same time, we do not hear any MP talking about better legislation or encouraging youths to take non-governmental jobs.

They focus on random employment which has led to latent unemployment, while the entire commercial sector is left for expatriates – whether in clothes or foodstuff industries or even building materials. The issue here is that the Parliament has cemented a mindset of comfortable government jobs.

In reality, it brings nothing but poverty. This miserable reality has fortified the conviction of most people that the Parliament is running the country, while MPs are prioritizing their personal interests over that of the nation.

They indulge in extravagant spending on electoral loyalty. If this system continues, there will be no public money to squander in order to occupy a parliamentary seat for the longest possible period.

Many Kuwaitis are asking: Until when will we continue to go around an empty circle of fabricated crises, while our neighbors have gone past their crises and embarked on the path of development and growth? Due to all this, aren’t we in need of a meditation period to reorganize our priorities and have clear criteria for choosing MPs among the competent individuals to end the current practice of electing someone who pours cash or depend on partisan or tribal nominations?

Many other countries in the world embarked, at a certain point in their history, on a reflection and meditation period to refresh their constitutional tools in order to rectify whatever has deviated from the previous course.

For instance, Bahrain suspended its Constitution for about 15 years to reorganize its priorities. The outcome was an advanced Constitution and national charter which ended the frivolity prevailing at a certain period because the Parliament lacked understanding of democracy based on the principle of cooperation between all authorities in the State.

Undoubtedly, Kuwait needs timeout from consecutive crises owing to parliamentary fiddling and exploitation of several constitutional loopholes. The country should follow a serious development path which will lead to better outcomes in all aspects. Without a doubt, the future of the country and the coming generations is the major objective.

It is the responsibility of the State to prepare for the future by taking well-studied steps and to protect all accomplishments from deliberate destruction. The most important of all is to shut doors on the faces of marching troublesome fiddlers.

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


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