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YOUR HIGHNESS the Crown Prince and Your Highness the Prime Minister, in many countries, especially monarchies, the leader is the government, while the ministers and the rest of the officials implement his directives. Hence, no one casts blame on others for inaction under the pretext that the government’s hands are tied by the parliament.
These authorities are auxiliary to the ruler and are intended for a specific period. The executive authority is directly accountable to the ruler, as well as to the parliament – that is if it is free from diseases related to reform, selfish tendencies, and parliamentary exclusivity in decision-making.
As for the countries in which the ruler leaves the affairs of the country in the hands of his assistants, they fall into the clutches of chaos. This is credited to him and not to the ministers and parliamentarians, because he is responsible in front of the people who pledged allegiance to him when he took over the leadership of the nation.
Even in prestigious democratic countries, the president is held accountable by the people. That is why when frustration increases, governance becomes the goal of the people.
A leader who is keen on the renaissance of his nation is transparent in his communication with people. He announces major development projects and steps, and takes charge of supervising them.
This is what happened in Bahrain, Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as in the United Arab Emirates, where its president Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and his deputy Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announce projects and monitors them on the field.
This is also what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnessed since the beginning of King Salman’s accession to power, and the appointment of Prince Mohammad bin Salman as Crown Prince. For example, when Prince Mohammad bin Salman was appointed as the Prime Minister, he announced that Saudi Arabia would be militarily sufficient by up to 15 percent, with aspirations to reach 50 percent.
Your Highnesses, in the past three decades, Kuwait appeared to live on a planet isolated from the world.
Development projects have come to a halt. The country closed its doors to everyone. It has not enjoyed any serious investment opportunities, and the investors in the country began migrating to other countries where they found great facilities.
All this was due to the MPs’ intrusion and their control over the decision of the executive authority, which appeared weak and unable to defend itself and its programs. That is why the Dow Chemical project was botched, after which one of the neighboring countries benefited from it, and started generating billions of dollars.
Other examples are the “northern oil fields”, which could have generated hundreds of billions for Kuwait and provided 20,000 job opportunities, the Silk City and the northern economic zone project, and the transformation of the islands into tourist areas.
All these led to a great disaster. All of those lucrative projects were suspended by some backward-minded parliamentary voices seeking to consolidate medieval culture in the Kuwaiti society. They also prevented metro projects and the development of local industries, They curbed the building of labor cities, and they closed the entertainment facilities by force or by “wasta” or through deception.
The rate of Kuwaitis spending on overseas travel has become one of the highest in the region. They are also the ones who spoiled education, health, and administration.
In all of these and other projects related to development, progress and national revival, and the launching of the economic wheel, the ruler was responsible in front of the people, because there was accountability for neither the successive weak governments nor for the parliaments that threw the responsibility on the executive authority.
Rather, parliamentarians sought on many occasions to portray the government as weak and responsible for its retreat, which were suspicious arguments that used to hide many malicious objectives behind them.
Your Highnesses, the leadership’s power and prestige are the prestige of the state and the strength of its decision. Kuwait can only get rid of the heavy legacy through firm decisions, and a clear humanitarian economic and administrative vision. All constitutional authorities are under the microscope of the leadership follow-up.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times