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.