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IF the resigned government had the ability to approve these long-awaited major projects, why didn’t it do so during the past years when it was in power? Why did it fail to exercise its authority and instead disrupted the country?
This question requires a clear answer from all stakeholders in public affairs, starting from His Highness the Prime Minister to the youngest minister.
All these projects were approved in a single session and we did not hear a single parliamentary voice criticizing anything, which was the argument that His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled had used in his four governments. He had claimed that the parliament hindered progress, a claim that now appears to be a kind of sedative for people, and an abdication of responsibility.
If the parliament was responsible, we would see parliamentary statements falling like rain in the media and social media criticizing those decisions. However, this did not happen, which means that it was these governments that paralyzed the country.
This is due to the fact that when there wasn’t a will to progress, the MPs found their way through blackmailing. They snowballed on it to the extent that the ministers themselves waited for a green light from an MP for carrying out their natural constitutionally-guaranteed actions.
We have said several times, and we repeat it today – Whenever there is a will, there is a way, and it “must be from above”. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled used to say, when he was unable to market an argument, that the legislative authority is obstructing, but we do not know who from above do not want to realize development in the country. We wonder whether His Highness will disclose them, or is this one of the top secrets?
Four governments within three years, which means 60 ministers, some of whom returned to their positions. Some others were executed politically in the National Assembly through a vote of no confidence, and others expressed their “disgust” at the absence of a decision, and thus left political life to avoid becoming scapegoats in the game of interests.
Nevertheless, all of them had the ability to express their will to find the way, and overcome difficulties, but all this went with the hesitation of the Prime Minister, who weakened this position. Kuwait thus remained in the circle of backwardness, while its ideas and plans turned into a fait accompli in the neighboring countries.
We were never surprised by the paralysis produced by the four governments of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, which continued to obstruct, such as locking the country in the face of people, its encouragement of human trafficking by turning a blind eye to visa-traders, and even contributing to the expansion of their forbidden profit through campaigns against violators of the residency law who found themselves on the street.
In most countries of the world, if anyone secures a hotel reservation and the price of a plane ticket, he can enter the country. If he gets a job opportunity, he can either correct his legal status, or leave the country. However, in Kuwait, prohibition has become the basis of matters. This is one of the strange things that no country in the world witnesses.
The decisions taken by the Council of Ministers in its last session do not deviate from two matters – either it is an attempt to float the Prime Minister after what the Amiri speech highlighted about the government and the National Assembly, or it is the end of a biography of achievements that will remain ink on paper if there is no will to implement.
Therefore, it is not more than a passing cloud in this hot summer, but the bet remains that the rain will fall, and we did not know in the history of Kuwait that it rained in the summer months.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times