Kuwait’s plight and so­lu­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Na­bila Al-An­jeri

One can­not be too op­ti­mistic about the cur­rent par­lia­ment de­spite of all the pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tors in the re­cent elec­tion process, which in­cluded a grow­ing num­ber of new law­mak­ers and the fall of both­er­some MPs, as ex­pected. These in­di­ca­tors can be the cause of ten­sions within a few months un­less a na­tional sal­va­tion pro­gram is jointly set by the up­com­ing cabi­net and an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the par­lia­ment. With­out a pro­gram, gaps will start de­vel­op­ing within the gov­ern­ment-par­lia­ment co­op­er­a­tion, which will prob­a­bly pave the way for new in­ter­pel­la­tions even­tu­ally, or a par­lia­ment dis­so­lu­tion as some an­a­lysts ex­pected af­ter the elec­tions.

A na­tional sal­va­tion pro­gram and agree­ing on joint pri­or­i­ties have an ex­cep­tional sig­nif­i­cance not only to avoid the dis­so­lu­tion of the assem­bly, but also to avoid other con­se­quences that are not af­ford­able keep­ing the cur­rent cir­cum­stances in mind. Aside from the di­rect dam­age on re­form, devel­op­ment and plan­ning for the near fu­ture, lack of co­op­er­a­tion will en­hance fur­ther ten­sion, while re­peated dis­so­lu­tion will tar­nish Kuwait’s in­ter­na­tional image and por­tray it as be­ing in­ca­pable of run­ning its own mat­ters de­spite the wealth and long re­gional par­lia­men­tary ex­pe­ri­ence. In terms of the ir­ra­tional sec­tar­ian and doc­tri­nal speech, it is con­sid­ered a cause for un­der­min­ing na­tional sol­i­dar­ity.

Dur­ing the elec­toral cam­paigns, some can­di­dates called for hold­ing a na­tional con­fer­ence, which re­minds us of what hap­pened dur­ing the Iraqi in­va­sion and clearly in­di­cates the sever­ity of the chal­lenges we are fac­ing at all lev­els. How­ever, that is as nec­es­sary as the need for a brave gov­ern­men­tal vi­sion on which we can rely to set a sal­va­tion pro­gram that sat­is­fies the par­lia­ment’s ma­jor­ity. But the ques­tion is, how do we rec­on­cile these pop­ulist calls, fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic re­forms and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment? Un­less these is­sues be­come so con­vinc­ing to not in­cite pub­lic opin­ion against the gov­ern­ment and re­form mea­sures, it is im­pos­si­ble to do so. This might take some time un­til aware­ness pro­grams start blos­som­ing. Un­til then:

1- The gov­ern­ment will have to do more than just pro­vide ser­vices. It will have to be in con­tact with var­i­ous cit­i­zens with­out any bro­kers or go­b­e­tween peo­ple who would black­mail the vot­ers us­ing the state and trade in at the same time.

2- Both the gov­ern­ment and state es­tab­lish­ments will have to stop tak­ing sides in pub­lic or be­hind closed doors at the ex­pense of other pow­ers and blocs. It must equally re­solve the prob­lem of re­venge seek­ing. It must be open for new pub­lic and youth pow­ers.

3- The gov­ern­ment, the Na­tional Assem­bly and all Kuwaitis must re­al­ize that con­stant ten­sion will open more for­eign eyes, es­pe­cially those pow­ers that are al­ready wait­ing to use our po­lit­i­cal gaps and do­mes­tic divi­sion to in­fil­trate and cre­ate more chaos and tu­mults, to help ter­ror­ists con­trol Kuwait and af­ter that crying over spilt milk will do us no good.

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