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Saturday , August 15 2020

Prime Minister has constitutional tools against MPs

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

SOME lawmakers ‘put the cart before the horse’ as they have started unveiling grilling intention, especially against HH the Prime Minister even before announcing his Cabinet. It seems they are preempting their endeavor towards the crisis, which was regarded as the most lucrative commodity in previous parliamentary rounds, in a bid to record bogus heroism.

The distinguished ‘garrison commander’ lawmakers should understand that implementing the law is like playing music whereby a skillful instrumentalist who can read the notes very well has the right technique to produce the best rhythm, but an instrumentalist who lacks the skill cannot do anything to attract listeners. It is in this measure that some lawmakers are good in implementing the law and using constitutional tools while other lawmakers misapply the law.

They are ignorant of the fact that in the same way they have constitutional tools to be used whenever they like such as questions, grilling and no-confidence vote against ministers as well as grilling the Prime Minister, the latter also has tools to protect him from excessive parliamentary intimidation which impedes works of the executive authority. He can forward a no-cooperation letter to His Highness the Amir who has the absolute authority constitutionally to either sack the Cabinet or dissolve the National Assembly. He can even suspend some provisions of the Constitution within an appropriate period until the situation is calm locally and regionally.

If the general impression on ministers indicates lack of stability, it means a minister will not spend more than 18 months in his ministry, at best; and this is spent amidst signals for grilling, no-confidence vote and questions that will keep the entire ministry busy for weeks to respond. All this just to serve the selfish electoral interest stemming from refusal to succumb to lawmakers in terms of accomplishing illegitimate transactions.

HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled is known for not succumbing to selfish interest and not working based on the principle of compromises. Therefore, it will be useless to indicate intention to hamper government activities just to gain electoral strength, especially at a time Kuwaitis are yearning for ratification of draft laws that serve citizens. Unfortunately, such draft laws are withheld in the National Assembly drawers; some of which have spent years in the drawers like the foreign investment bill, Silk City, North economic zone and others that would have transformed Kuwait into a global financial and trade hub.

Meanwhile, laws serving the parochial interests of influential figures and lawmakers, short sighted service, and rising rate of economic and trade drawback are approved quickly.

Without a doubt, the distinguished lawmakers are aware of this fact, because they can differentiate between white and black threads before embarking on acrobatic plans such as grilling threats before knowing formation of the new Cabinet, its program and testing the new ministers. To avoid falling prey to their slogans, the National Assembly will not profit from this, considering the ability of the Prime Minister to use his constitutional tools against them if they insist on promoting the same commodity tested with previous governments that led to massive retrogression economically, socially and politically from which Kuwaitis are suffering. They will rather reap what they sow in the ballot boxes where they will fail woefully.

By Ahmed Al-Jarallah

Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

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