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Representatives Muhalhel Al-Mudhaf, Hassan Johar, Abdulaziz Al- Saqabi, Saud Al-Asfoor and Shuaib Al-Muwaizri have submitted a proposal for a law for the National Assembly, which provides for the participation of heads of “political groups” in the traditional consultations that precede the formation of the government.
The proposal also included the permissibility of polling the opinions of former prime ministers, and whomever the head of state deems to be a political figure. An observer, even half astute, does not need much to discover the flaccidity of the proposal, its unconstitutionality, and its devoid of any meaning, especially since the nation has been waiting for ten years for a package of important and necessary laws that have long been overdue to be approved.
It is strange that this proposal is lawfully issued by five deputies, including two, at least, who have a long history in legislation, administration, teaching and politics, or so it is assumed. There is neither in the constitution nor in any custom or law what is called “heads of political groups,” or a clear classification of what that means.
Today, for example, I and a number of my relatives and friends can agree, albeit verbally, to establish a “faithful secular liberal group.” Accordingly, according to this proposal, I will be summoned in the future to consult with me on the issue of forming a government.
There are also political groups that are known to belong, or at least sympathize with, external parties or countries. Will they also be included in the cabinet formation consultations? And what about the “Abu Nafrin” parties? Will they also have the right to express their opinion in the traditional consultations that precede the formation of the government? What about political religious groups, and what are the most of them? Will it also have a role, when the country’s constitution did not recognize political parties or groups?
How did these fat-minded deputies forget Article 56 of the Kuwaiti constitution, the following text of which is clear to every person of reason, and prevents these deputies and their parliament from issuing a law that violates any article in the constitution, as the text states: “The Amir appoints the Prime Minister after traditional consultations.
He also appoints ministers based on the nomination of the Prime Minister. Ministers are appointed from among the members of Parliament and others. The number of all ministers does not exceed one-third of the members of the National Assembly. It is clear from the text of this very clear article the powers of His Highness the Amir in forming the Cabinet, and just thinking about the feasibility of the proposal means thinking about amending the constitution, so is this what they aim at? I do not know when there will come a time when we will have a better quality of deputies?
By Ahmad alsarraf