Calls grow for dissolution; Fresh polls only option

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KUWAIT CITY, April 16: Several lawmakers will submit an appeal against the verdict of the Constitutional Court to nullify the decree on dissolving the 2020 Parliament, MP Muhammad Al-Mutair announced in a press conference held at his house recently with a number of former and incumbent MPs as well as politicians in attendance. The MPs clarified that they have no intention to resign and they will not allow the implementation of the decisions issued by the 2022 Parliament.

Member of the 2022 Parliament Abdullah Al-Anbaie said the resignation of the 2020 MPs must not be among the options, as it entails holding by-elections. He added the best solution is to dissolve the 2020 Parliament and hold fresh elections for the people to decide. He also pointed out the claim that the 2022 election was rigged offended the judiciary in general, because it monitored and supervised the whole process. He stated it is true that judicial institutions immediately need reforms, which will be achieved through the enactment of required laws.

He revealed there are isolated cases in which judges were proven to have violated the law and were involved in corruption. He stressed that he does not spread rumors and allegations, indicating he obtained such information from the official documents of the Judges Disciplinary Committee. He then emphasized the need to amend the regulations on appointing judges among the graduates of the College of Law. He added some children of judges are appointed at the judiciary, while the more qualified graduates are not given a chance because they have no relatives in the judicial authority. Constitutional expert Dr Fawaz Al-Jadaie, who attended the press conference, disclosed that the Constitutional Court‘s verdict stated only one reason for dissolving the 2020 Parliament – non-cooperation letter of the prime minister – and used it as basis for nullifying the Dissolution Decree.

He said the court ignored the other reasons like the intensifying dispute aimed at achieving personal goals and acts that threatened the social fabric. He argued that according to the law on establishing the Constitutional Court, the court has no authority to look into the context of the Dissolution Decree as this is one of the powers granted to HH the Amir who evaluates the conditions and decides to dissolve the Parliament or not. He supports the decision of some lawmakers to appeal the verdict of the Constitutional Court.

MP Mubarak Al-Hajraf thinks the problem is that some parties do not want Kuwait to adopt democracy and they are working hard to eliminate the Parliament, while others do not want the legislature to continue if they failed in the elections. He wonders why the government has remained silent over the current situation; calling for appointment of a prime minister among the ordinary citizens, instead of the Sabah Family. He is afraid that such a vital position will be used as an incentive or reward for retired members of the family. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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