Amid hopes for cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities, the new Kuwaiti government begins the testing phase

Kuwait– The new government will focus its attention on tackling the economic imbalance and advancing the development process. With these words, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah began his speech after taking the constitutional oath of the new government in the country.

And last month, Sabah Al-Khaled was assigned to form his fourth government, after he submitted the resignation of his third government prior to the issuance of the Emiri pardon for convicts in the country, in preparation for ending the political dispute between the government and the National Assembly, at a time when the National Assembly pledges more cooperation with the government after the Emiri pardon, which It included a number of deputies who were sentenced to prison in connection with the “storming of the National Assembly” case.

Kuwait is counting on cooperation between the government and parliament to pass a package of laws that the previous government said would help it take major reform steps in all fields.

In his statement after taking the oath, he confirmed The Kuwaiti Prime Minister said that the reform process and correcting the economic imbalance and development programs are among the priorities that will always be at the heart of the work of this government to translate it into reality.

He stressed that the government will make the maximum possible effort and the greatest energy to implement and translate the directives of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, which are aimed at harnessing all efforts to serve the country and the citizen and cooperation between the two authorities.

Kuwaiti hopes for cooperation between the new government and the National Assembly (Kuwaiti press)

mixed opinions

Members of the National Assembly have varied reactions to the new government formation; Between a supporter of this government and a supporter of it, and an opponent of the new formation, MP Osama Al-Shaheen said that he will work during the coming period to monitor the government’s work in the National Assembly, stressing the need for the government to work to achieve tangible results in the issues raised in the country.

As for MP Obaid Al-Wasmi, he affirmed his full confidence in the Prime Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, and the members of the government to achieve the aspirations of the people, stressing that the government that the people participate in forming and setting its programs must be defended, as long as it adheres to the constitutional limits and fulfills the nation’s legitimate desires and ambitions.

The confrontation will not stop

For his part, political researcher Dr. Ayed Al-Manna described the new government formation as good, adding that The change was significant by 60%, out of the 15 ministers there are 9 new ministers, including 3 additional deputies, so we have 4 deputies in the government formation.

The Emir of Kuwait approved the new formation of the government (Kuwaiti press)The Emir of Kuwait (right) approves the new government formation (Kuwaiti press)

Al-Manea – in a statement to Al Jazeera Net – expressed his belief that the intensity of the confrontation with the government will be less than the previous one, especially since the new MPs were affiliated with the opposition, and therefore the intensity of the confrontation will decrease, but it will not end, expecting that there will be oversight and interrogations, but it will not reach the point of non-existence. Cooperation with the Prime Minister.

Al-Manea called on the government to fight corruption and pursue the corrupt in a clear way, and to present a clearly defined development work program that would transform Kuwait into a country with diversified sources that does not depend on one source, which is oil revenues.

As for the lawyer and activist, Dalal Al Mulla, she called – in a statement to Al Jazeera Net – to wait to see the government’s work, instead of objecting to the people who represent the government, saying, “What matters to us is to see the performance of the ministers and how it (the government) works in order to facilitate the lives of citizens.”

Regarding the entry of 3 new deputies into the government formation, Dalal Al-Mulla said, “I do not think that this will be enough to create a kind of homogeneity between the two authorities, and in short, we want our country to move forward.”

It is noteworthy that the new government – headed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled – was born after an Emiri order was issued to form it from 15 ministers, and the rate of change in it reached 60%, with the appointment of 9 new ministers, and the survival of 6 ministers from the previous government, and it witnessed amendments in the portfolios, with the appointment of 3 Deputy Prime Ministers: Hamad Jaber Al-Ali, Ahmed Al-Mansour, and Muhammad Al-Faris.

The new government is the fourth government formed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, as he formed the first government on December 17, 2019, the second on December 14, 2020, and the third on March 2, 2021.

It is noteworthy that the political life in Kuwait witnessed the formation of 39 governments over a period of about 60 years, the first of which began in January 1962.

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