Par­lia­ment dis­so­lu­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Thaar Al-Rashidi

Every­one has no­ticed that all po­lit­i­cal fac­tions have leaned to­wards calm­ing down. It may be be­cause of the in­flu­ence of the par­lia­men­tary sum­mer hol­i­day, or maybe there is no longer any­thing that can be brought up, as both govern­ment and op­po­si­tion have con­sumed all clash­ing cards among them dur­ing the first round of the cur­rent leg­isla­tive term. Per­son­ally, I feel that it may be the sec­ond op­tion, be­cause there are no longer any cards of dif­fer­ences to play with be­tween the govern­ment and par­lia­ment, rather even be­tween the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion out­side the par­lia­ment, so there is no longer any­thing that can feed any dis­pute of any type.

Every­one stopped talk­ing while us­ing the es­ca­la­tion or ac­cu­sa­tion lan­guage, al­though the fight of po­lit­i­cal fig­ures over in­flu­ence is still on, and the war of those fig­ures had not stopped. Po­lit­i­cal po­lar­iza­tions be­tween tus­sling fac­tions con­tinue, but this war needs a spark, an in­ci­dent or an is­sue, or needs to cre­ate one to re­ac­ti­vate the con­fronta­tion be­tween the govern­ment and mem­bers of par­lia­ment. The truth is that there are no longer any po­lit­i­cal cards that can be a launch­ing pad for a new clash, es­ca­la­tion, grilling or some­thing else.

So I think the com­ing strug­gle will be within the par­lia­ment it­self, and the next par­lia­men­tary ses­sion will start with a strug­gle be­tween MPs. That could be the start of a new strug­gle be­tween the fig­ures and the op­po­si­tion and the govern­ment to­gether, which may lead to cre­at­ing a new case of strug­gle that may end with an in­evitable clash and sev­eral grilling mo­tions which may lead to fil­ing a no co­op­er­a­tion mo­tion, fol­lowed by a par­lia­ment dis­so­lu­tion.

In the lat­est ses­sion of the last term, dur­ing bud­get dis­cus­sions, there were signs of par­lia­men­tary-par­lia­men­tary clash, even if some of this was out­side the Na­tional Assem­bly or dur­ing breaks be­tween ses­sions. I think that this strug­gle will rage with the start of the next term, and it will ap­pear very strongly. It will take us back to square one, that is the start of the first term which was launched with prepa­ra­tions for a grilling which led to the exit of for­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Sheikh Sal­man Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah from the govern­ment; a grilling that every­one knows was per­son­ally tar­get­ing Sheikh Sal­man and did not aim at end­ing the sports sus­pen­sion or cor­rect­ing the sit­u­a­tion at the in­for­ma­tion min­istry. Al­though six months have elapsed af­ter the grilling, which was de­scribed as a vic­tory for the op­po­si­tion, it be­came clear that it was ac­tu­ally not more than a per­sonal grilling cov­ered by the grilling.

Any­way, the next par­lia­men­tary term will start with a par­lia­men­tary-par­lia­men­tary strug­gle as I see it, then there will be tar­get­ing of sev­eral min­is­ters which will take us back to the empty cir­cle of strug­gle that will end in a lim­ited govern­ment reshuf­fle which is the least of re­sults, or dis­solv­ing the par­lia­ment, which is the high­est of re­sults that may come out of this strug­gle, and this is what many politi­cians hope for.

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