- May 12, 2008
Political parties are the second face of democracy
A candidate from the first election district Faisal Al-Duweisan launched his election headquarters on Saturday. On this occasion he held a symposium titled “Clear Movement and Desired Concord”. Change is part of life. The same applies to politics. So without new faces, one cannot enjoy new amenities. “If it weren”t for our fathers, we wouldn”t be able to enjoy the freedom that we have today. Renewal is a prerequisite to success. This will introduce new ideas to the political scene and present at le
ast a part of what we feel,” said Al-Duweisan.
The silent majority feel that politicians have hardly catered to their demands, although the political powers in 1991 agreed to preserve constitutional rights. “Unfortunately political powers were preoccupied with other and forgot the development process. Their most important work was to grill the ministers, although grilling is a constitutional right. The question is if all grilling serve the people, or is it for personal and political benefits?” he wondered.
According to Al-Duweisan the democracy applied in Kuwait is not a direct democracy. “It works on the base of that when a group of people choose themselves to represent the nation, and the nation authorizes them to make their voice reach the executive power from cases and demands. What happens today is the opposite, as when the candidate reaches the parliament, he forgets those who voted for him, and their problems and demands,” he added.
The political parties are not available in Kuwait, thus it”s discussed in the symposiums. “The local system didn”t adopt this system because of what happened in the neighboring countries and that applies to the political parties system such as the coups and revolutions. The government didn”t ban or welcome this idea. It left the political developing to the society. We can notice that after over than 40 years of applying the constitution, the level of the political meaning has raised comparing to the time w
hen it was issued,” Al-Duweisan noted.
Since 1991 there is huge number of political gatherings with different names. “These factions make the base for the political parties, even if they are not parties, as there is no law organizing parties. Before the year 1991 there were factions in Kuwait that were a part or branch of some factions in the Arab countries, such as the “Muslim Brotherhood”. Thus after 1991 many of these factions ended their connection with the Arab factions, which is a good step,” stressed Al-Duweisan.
Spoiling the parliament is refused. “The political factions should not work for personal benefits, and some of them became close allies for some businessmen or some members of the royal family. Some people even stop believing in democracy, and wish to dissolve the parliament,” he further said.
At the end Al-Duweisan called for declaring political parties in Kuwait or at least declaring the political societies, such as those in Bahrain. “These factions should be built on Kuwaiti ideas, and not come from strange ideologies, even if it takes time in studying it. People should be aware that the political parties are the second face of democracy. I aim to reform the legislation power through declaring the parties, and to take examples of the developed countries,” he concluded.