GIVEN that the relationship between the two authorities – executive and legislative – did not start on the right path, the balance between them has been disturbed. Therefore, it has become clear that a healthy relationship between them cannot be expected in the coming days.
This will be eminent if the National Assembly witnesses the resignations of MPs and becomes preoccupied with by-elections. This means that all the issues presented to the legislative authority will be delayed until the matter of new power is resolved after the election. This would put more pressure on the public in terms of their livelihood and the economic issues.
On the Cabinet’s table are a series of laws related to economy and sustenance, some of which are of a social nature, and some others related to freedoms and liberties. This has become an absolute requirement for the restoration of Kuwait’s democratic spirit, which the country has known since its establishment, not only from the time the constitution came into effect.
These issues could have been resolved if there was sincere intention by both the parliament and government to do so, by passing the laws instead of making them tools of mutual pressure between the two arch-rivals. It would have prevented a lot of unnecessary escalation, especially since it negatively reflects on the internal situation.
It is very shameful for Kuwait, which was the first Gulf state to choose democracy as its way of life, to prosecute people with an arsenal of laws that restricts their freedoms. If someone is spared from the mines of the publications law, he ends up falling on the mines of the national unity law or the audiovisual law and the communications law, and finally the heresy of the cybercrime law.
It is categorically worth mentioning that this matter was finally settled in the Kingdom of Bahrain through its leadership, which has a conscious vision and awareness regarding the requirements of the current era, as it unified the laws for all of these issues.
Bahrain abolished the act of imprisoning people for expressing opinion, something that dozens of Kuwaitis are being pursued for. Some of them are imprisoned for simply posting Twitter messages, in light of the laws approved by previous parliaments, for some of which the government went down at the request of MPs seeking to silence their voices in preparation for imposing their social, political, and even economic points of view, while today everyone washes their hands from them.
Unfortunately, the government has not yet taken the initiative to settle the matter, especially regarding the economic laws that Kuwait awaits warmly. They may be a solution to many challenges, but the citizens know no other authority that can implement them apart from the government.
Meanwhile, the National Assembly, in people’s view, is a legislative authority that does not bear responsibility although its members capitalize on the challenges while the people continue to pay a heavy price. This is because the two parties are investing this matter in their interest, but in this case, the government bears the full responsibility.
Nonetheless, when the government decided to immunize His Highness the Prime Minister from parliamentary accountability, it did so with great ease. This affirms the fact that if it wants something, no one can stop it from having it. Therefore, the immunization of Kuwait is much more important than that of an official.
Yes, we are all submissive to the ruler. Kuwait as a whole seeks permanent stability because it is the key to the renaissance that everyone demands.
However, people will not hold the MPs responsible, but rather they will hold the government accountable because it is the only one responsible to them. They wonder whether it realizes the importance of resolving the issues and working forcefully to push the country out of the bottleneck by immunizing the whole country?
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times