Cabi­net re­signs; in­au­gu­ral Assem­bly...

Kuwait Times - - NEWS -

The govern­ment’s likely choice should be Ghanem, who co­op­er­ated very well with it in the pre­vi­ous Assem­bly, but new po­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties could change the pic­ture. The op­po­si­tion mem­bers are ex­pected to start hold­ing meet­ings to form a bloc or a num­ber of blocs in the Assem­bly and co­or­di­nate the elec­tion of the next speaker. Meet­ings are ex­pected to take place be­fore this week­end.

The Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance, a lib­eral op­po­si­tion group­ing, yes­ter­day said it will not par­tic­i­pate in the next govern­ment. The group, which nor­mally par­tic­i­pated with more than one min­is­ter, said its de­ci­sion is based on the pre­vi­ous govern­ment’s per­for­mance, de­fend­ing min­is­ters with sus­pi­cions around them and the ab­sence of ac­count­abil­ity.

NDA also called for read­ing well the re­sults of the elec­tion and set pri­or­i­ties for the new Assem­bly. It said its top pri­or­ity is to work out a new elec­tion law which has po­lit­i­cal and pop­u­lar sup­port, com­plet­ing the ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence leg­is­la­tion, re­con­sid­er­ing a draft law for po­lit­i­cal par­ties and scrap­ping the DNA test­ing and po­lit­i­cal ex­clu­sion laws. The al­liance strongly crit­i­cized the ex­ist­ing vot­ing sys­tem, say­ing it has frag­mented the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety.

Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Ja­maan Al-Har­bash, tipped to lead the op­po­si­tion bloc, said the re­sults of the elec­tion have strongly an­noyed the govern­ment be­cause of the fail­ure of its vot­ing sys­tem to pro­duce a govern­ment ma­jor­ity, and also be­cause of a strong op­po­si­tion.

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