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Amir address roadmap for political, parliamentary reforms: academics

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Constitutional expert welcomes efforts to reinforce rule of law

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 3: Kuwait University (KU) academics said on Thursday that the speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, delivered on his behalf by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, had set the clear roadmap for political and parliamentary reformations.

On September 29, the Kuwaiti people will be casting their vote to choose representatives at the National Assembly for its 17th legislative term, a task that should adhere to the tenets specified in the Amiri address delivered on June 22, 2022, academics said during interviews with KUNA. Constitutional expert and professor at KU’s faculty of law Dr. Mohammad Al-Faili stated that the Kuwaiti citizens had viewed the address as an act that diagnosed the political problem and provided a solution to the parliamentary standstill. The new government had adopted the Amiri address and it would be using it as a roadmap, a step requiring the dissolution of parliament and the call for elections to bring the legislative authority on board, he added.

Dr. Al-Faili noted that the two new decrees allowing voting through the Civil ID Card and the inclusion of new districts into the five electoral constituencies were steps aimed at boosting transparency and streamlining the voting process. He welcomed efforts to reinforce the rule of law and clamping down on an activity that would affect the voting process including the illegal practice of primary elections and purchasing of votes.

On his part, anthropology professor at the faculty of social sciences Dr. Majed Al-Mutairi applauded the Amiri address for boosting the moral of citizens and standing for the principles protecting the country’s interests and the constitution. In the address, the people were guaranteed that the government would not interfere with matters pertaining to the welfare and development of Kuwait.

Dr. Al-Mutairi predicted that Kuwait and its people were heading into a new phase that requires vigilance and a keen interest in pursuing the dreams of aspirations towards progress and development, affirming that could be achieved via casting the vote for the right person to represent people at parliament. Similarly, psychology professor at KU Dr. Khodhr Al-Baroun said that the Amiri address had pumped positivity into Kuwaiti society which was looking forward to the 2022 National Assembly election.

The straightforward nature of the address is what attracted the people, he affirmed, saying that the executive and legislative powers now had the chance to rectify the political situation in the country. The address had been transparent and insightful to many, said professor of Public Relations at the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Ahmad Al-Shareef. The speech was exquisite in its wordings, displaying the leadership’s keenness on fending off danger and boosting efforts for development, he added. He went on to say that the people should heed the call for an election to choose the most reliable individuals for parliament and the government must focus on plans to achieve overall development and cooperate with the legislative power for the betterment of Kuwait.(KUNA)

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