Young MPs

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Has­san Jouhar

In a pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle, I spoke about young can­di­dates for the 2016 par­lia­men­tary elec­tion and their chances to win par­lia­men­tary seats with the en­thu­si­asm and po­lit­i­cal courage they showed dur­ing their cam­paigns. I also men­tioned how their ideas matched pub­lic as­pi­ra­tions and will. In an­other ar­ti­cle, I wrote about the youth tsunami that was re­flected at the polls, knock­ing out the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ment’s MPs and sub­sti­tut­ing them with new faces.

To­day, I ad­dress these young peo­ple who are now the na­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives and thus have great re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to leg­is­late and mon­i­tor. What makes their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties even greater is that they are not only about fu­ture leg­is­la­tions, but also about fix­ing, ad­just­ing or an­nulling the bad and sus­pi­cious laws passed by the 2013 par­lia­ment, such as those on de­pri­va­tion of po­lit­i­cal rights, eme­dia, pre­cau­tion­ary de­ten­tion in ex­pres­sion of opin­ion cases, the con­sti­tu­tional court, the anti-cor­rup­tion author­ity and the fi­nan­cial state­ment dis­clo­sure laws, which have all been crit­i­cized by these young MPs dur­ing their elec­toral cam­paigns.

The sec­ond part of their re­spon­si­bil­ity lies in the gen­eral state of de­pres­sion be­cause of the pre­vail­ing cor­rup­tion and lack of re­form will of many peo­ple, namely the youth. How­ever, the elec­tion re­sults re­vived hopes again and ev­ery­body is now count­ing on young MPs as pos­si­ble suc­cess­ful sub­sti­tutes in this re­gard.

We do not ex­pect these young MPs to have magic wands or su­per pow­ers in view of their lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence. There­fore, I would like to re­mind them and my­self with a few pieces of ad­vice. They must hold tight to the beau­ti­ful slo­gans and prin­ci­ples they spoke about dur­ing the cam­paigns over na­tional sol­i­dar­ity and for­get all about sec­tar­i­an­ism. Their at­ti­tudes will be his­tor­i­cally recorded the mo­ment they step into the par­lia­ment and they will be po­lit­i­cally and na­tion­ally clas­si­fied as sup­port­ers of the peo­ple and the con­sti­tu­tion or of lim­ited per­sonal gains and in­ter­ests. Their tenures in par­lia­ment will some­day come to an end, leav­ing with only the rep­u­ta­tion and mem­o­ries about them in peo­ple’s hearts and minds.

Po­lit­i­cal life is not only full of ob­sta­cles and ups and downs - it is also full of all kinds of temp­ta­tions that can only be re­jected by god-fear­ing peo­ple who are keener on pro­tect­ing their coun­try, fam­ily and rep­u­ta­tion. Ma­jor sins usu­ally start with sim­ple mis­takes, and a sin­gle un­ac­cept­able ac­tion may do much dam­age to their rep­u­ta­tion.

Fi­nally, and without un­der­min­ing vet­eran MPs with pa­tri­otic CVs, I hope young MPs will form the nu­cleus of a new par­lia­men­tary bloc based on com­mon na­tional and pub­lic prin­ci­ples to al­ways take ini­tia­tives and make use of col­leagues’ skills and ex­pe­ri­ences re­gard­less of pos­si­ble dis­agree­ments with them.

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