Leg­is­la­tions needed to ad­dress key is­sues: Sour

‘Be­doon is­sue needs to be re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble’

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: Ac­cord­ing to Nayef Al-Sour Al-Mu­tairi, a can­di­date run­ning from the fourth con­stituency, the most ur­gent is­sues Kuwaitis face are hous­ing, with­drawal of cit­i­zen­ships and eco­nomic prob­lems, all of which need strict leg­is­la­tions. Sour was a mem­ber of the Mu­nic­i­pal

There is a lack of se­ri­ous­ness in re­solv­ing many prob­lems

Coun­cil be­fore he re­signed to con­test the Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions. He was the head of the Far­waniya com­mit­tee and rap­por­teur of the Jahra com­mit­tee in the coun­cil.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Kuwait Times, Sour said the be­doon is­sue is a hu­man­i­tar­ian one that needs to be re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble to give state­less peo­ple due rights. “Many of them de­serve the honor of Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship,” he stressed, adding that he dis­ap­proves of the DNA law be­cause some fat­was pro­hibit it, while His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Sabah has given in­struc­tions to amend it.

Over­bur­dened

Kuwait Times: What is the rea­son be­hind your de­ci­sion to run for the elec­tions?

Cit­i­zens suf­fered the most as a re­sult of the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment’s un­stud­ied de­ci­sions

Nayef Al-Sour: Cit­i­zens are over­bur­dened; there is a lack of se­ri­ous­ness in re­solv­ing many prob­lems and the fact that the com­ing par­lia­ment needs an in­fu­sion of fresh blood to achieve the best for the coun­try.

KT: What are the main is­sues in your elec­toral pro­gram?

Sour: The most ur­gent is­sues for cit­i­zens in­clude hous­ing, with­drawal of cit­i­zen­ships and eco­nomic re­forms, which all need strict leg­is­la­tions to be re­solved.

KT: What do you think of the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment?

Sour: My opin­ion about the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment matches what many ob­servers and crit­ics

Many fat­was have been is­sued by sheikhs pro­hibit­ing the DNA law

have been say­ing - dur­ing its ten­ure, cit­i­zens suf­fered the most as a re­sult of its un­stud­ied de­ci­sions.

KT: How do you view the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the op­po­si­tion in this elec­tion?

Sour: Run­ning for par­lia­men­tary elec­tions is not re­stricted to cer­tain groups or peo­ple. Who­ever sees him­self fit and worth­while to make achieve­ments can run in the elec­tions with­out re­sort­ing to un­jus­ti­fied con­flicts. KT: Do you think any women will make it to the com­ing par­lia­ment?

Sour: Com­pared to the num­ber of male can­di­dates, the num­ber of fe­male can­di­dates in these elec­tions is rel­a­tively low, and I do not think any of them will make it to the com­ing par­lia­ment.

KT: What per­cent­age of change do you ex­pect in the new par­lia­ment?

Sour: There will surely be some change in the com­ing par­lia­ment, and this is clear from the fact that many for­mer MPs are run­ning. How­ever, I ex­pect turnover will not be more than 50 per­cent.

KT: What per­cent­age of par­tic­i­pa­tion do you ex­pect?

Sour: I ex­pect a higher turnout com­pared to the pre­vi­ous elec­tions. I fact, I ex­pect more than 60 per­cent of vot­ers to take part be­cause peo­ple are aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The num­ber of fe­male can­di­dates in these elec­tions is rel­a­tively low

Pro­gram KT: What is the ba­sis of your elec­toral pro­gram?

Sour: It is based on var­i­ous is­sues of great con­cern for cit­i­zens, such as the hous­ing prob­lem that had been the fo­cus of my ca­reer in the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil and re­sulted in al­lo­cat­ing many lands to build new cities to the north, in ad­di­tion to the eco­nomic is­sue and with­drawal of cit­i­zen­ships.

KT: Some pre­vi­ous MPs made prom­ises they could not keep. What do you think of that?

Sour: No par­lia­ment is de­void of bro­ken or false prom­ises, and this ought to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion by can­di­dates be­fore mak­ing any state­ments. They should not make hasty re­marks, es­pe­cially if the mat­ter is of con­cern to a seg­ment of cit­i­zens.

KT: Is the be­doon is­sue on your elec­toral pro­gram?

Sour: The be­doon is­sue is a hu­man­i­tar­ian one that needs to be re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble to give state­less peo­ple due rights, be­cause many of them have made con­sid­er­able sac­ri­fices for Kuwait, in­clud­ing be­ing mar­tyred or taken as POWs dur­ing the Iraqi in­va­sion in 1990. Many of them de­serve the honor of Kuwaiti cit­i­zen­ship. KT: What do you think of the DNA law?

Sour: I to­tally dis­ap­prove of it, be­cause many fat­was have been is­sued by sheikhs pro­hibit­ing it. In ad­di­tion, HH the Amir has called for amend­ing the law.

Kuwaiti cit­i­zens de­serve to have their loans writ­ten off

KT: What is your view about writ­ing off loans?

Sour: Kuwaiti cit­i­zens de­serve to have their loans writ­ten off and not be over­bur­dened. It is also a must to re­ward those who did not take out any bank loans.

KUWAIT: Fourth con­stituency can­di­date Nayef Al-Sour reg­is­ters for the up­com­ing elec­tions.

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