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Monday , December 16 2019

May it be a government of words and actions

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

BEFORE anything else, it is imperative to emphasize that there is no administration operating on ‘extra-time’ basis. Instead, governments govern with full authority; and draw policies in line with the Constitution and directives of the head of State irrespective of the duration of their term.

In this context, the first government of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled must be full-fledged. It should not operate based on short-term mentality aimed at passing time, while waiting for the parliamentary election to highlight the course of the next stage. Thus, lack of participation in this government means dodging national responsibility.

Based on this fact, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled should be aware of a major confrontation in the coming days; because the Parliament has the habit of utilizing its final term exclusively for political and electoral mileage. Therefore, parliamentarians usually delve into details searching for impeding demons to help them achieve this objective.

They will not hesitate, even for a second, to burn the rescue boat just to ignite an electoral cigarette in a bid to win a few votes. They will not spare any opportunity to dig out previous feuds in order to invest in them.

In this situation, it is not surprising to see more than 100 former ministers excusing themselves from participating in the current political arena to avoid becoming an investment scheme for parliamentarians.

Among these ministers are the royals who have been proven to be firm and tough in fighting against corruption, but were pushed away by a network of parliamentary alliances operated by influential fingers.

Majority of these royals were colleagues of HH the Prime Minister. He knows the high level of their integrity more than anyone else, and that they have a clean slate and are free from contaminants such as corruption or personal gains.

Today, you hold a major trust given to you by His Highness the Amir to preserve it, and given to your position as minister of foreign affairs in the previous governments. You are fully aware of the magnitude of negativity which could hit Kuwait amid the current regional situation and changes in global politics.

Consequently, seeking assistance from competent and experienced figures among the politically practicing royals to form a strong support base for the upcoming stage is a matter of urgency which should not be overlooked.

It is unfortunate that governments in the Arab world are turning into an authoritarian tool hiding under the security cover to protect themselves, instead of being an executive authority; while the legislative authority operates on the basis of investing in legislation and projects in a bid to maintain the status quo as parliamentarians for as long as it takes.

Hence, both authorities get irritated when criticized even if the criticism is constructive. They look at the critic with suspicious eyes instead of benefiting from such observations and transforming them into a source of strength, not threat.

Over the past years, it has been unfortunate to see the dominance of social media platforms in the political arena. In fact, these platforms determine the bearing of ministerial work.

Your Highness the Prime Minister, indeed, you have a clean slate as stated by His Highness the Amir. For it to remain so, it is imperative to rely on the power of truth in confrontation rather than fearing the tempest of social media platforms because a country is ruled by the brain, wisdom and supreme welfare; not such platforms which some use for vengeance emitted from the darkness of ignorance and greed.

Consequently, it should be a mighty government with the ability to take firm decisions in the interest of the State and it should not be afraid of those who gain at the expense of Kuwait.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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