Last Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2012 08:07 am (KSA) 05:07 am (GMT)

Kuwait still a safe place

Muna al-Fuzai

Country in chaos. These are the words I hear most frequently these days from expatriates working in Kuwait. I don’t blame them at all. From everything that they see and hear on the television, they can be certainly excused for harboring such concerns.

In fact, the image of Kuwait that is presented by local dailies is a matter of concern, especially at a time when most key former MPs are calling on everyone to rebel against the current regime and other political groups, whether they are liberal, Shaiis, Salfi or independent. Headlines and reports about the current state of affairs suggest that we might be on the brink of a civil war or are actually about to mount a serious rebellion against the powers that be.

It would be impractical to deny that the expected judgment by a constitutional court with regard to the country’s electoral system will have a serious bearing on the politics of the country. But, I doubt that the final verdict will please everyone.

I personally, am against a significant change in laws governing the country while the national assembly is not in session or is about to be dissolved. I believe that there should be a new election based on the current system which then allows the freshly elected national assembly to vote in favor or against a new electoral system.

This is my point of view regarding this matter and I feel along with many others that the laws, which haven’t been updated since 2006, are being misused to force out the old order and install a new one.

Possibly, an order that is far more positively inclined towards the current government. Another major question that has arisen is the lack of questioning about the current developmental agenda. The government has alleged that the national assembly has proved to be a major obstacle when it comes to introducing reform or overhauling the economic system of the country, but at present the national assembly is not in session to stall the government so it can carry out any developmental work that it wishes. Who is holding them up? No one.

I see this as an attempt to damage the democratic process in Kuwait and as an attempt to send an erroneous message to the international community that the country’s internal stability is being seriously threatened by the Muslim Brothers, while political parties reap the benefits from this cloud of uncertainty hanging over the nation. Time will eventually reveal the truth, but we need to exercise caution at present. You may read a lot of things in the papers, but all of them cannot twist the actual truth. Expect the unexpected but do not exaggerate the reality that Kuwait is still safe.

The writer is a columnist at the Kuwait Times, where this article was published on Sept. 12, 2012

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