A Call to Kuwaitis on Election Day

Article Summary
Imran Abdullah deplores the violence that has cast a shadow over Kuwait’s parliamentary elections. He calls on voters to unite for the sake of their homeland and elect the most capable representatives, regardless of their sectarian or tribal affiliations.

People are puzzled as they follow events in Kuwait, which came to a head this week when tribesmen converged near the headquarters of candidates in the elections, amidst escalating tribal, sectarian and factional tensions. Democracy seems to be a heavy burden on Kuwait, rather than an aid or a relief. The current turmoil reflected negatively on the stability of Kuwait and the region as a whole.

This combative style that has gripped the country for years will transform daily work into a sort of strategic pursuit. Kuwait lacks development in the conventional sense [of the word,] and there are no real efforts being made for a brighter future. Building a nation is not conditional upon the staged grilling of the minister or prime minister, as some are trying to suggest.

Yes to democracy and an accessible parliament, notably guided [parliamentary questioning]. The situation, however, requires more than that. This phase is very critical and [predators] are clearly visible, lying in wait - both within the country and abroad. No one doubts the Kuwaitis’ devotion to their [political] process, as it stems from their love of their homeland. Opinions may differ, but all work in the same spirit to uphold the love of Kuwait which the people have acquired through experience and inherited from their ancestors over generations. From our hearts and with our intellects, we call upon all Kuwaitis from all walks of life and say to them: Kuwait and its people are the most precious and the dearest. Today more than ever before, given the exceptional conditions taking place in the Arab region, Kuwaitis must join hands to address matters with wisdom and maturity. Let Kuwait, the homeland and state, be the common denominator among you, to restore democracy to its natural course. For democracy, by its most fundamental definition, is the most ideal form of society where all are equal and united, even if they are different - especially if they are different.

This is not the Kuwait that we knew, the country of enlightenment that it has been in decades past. The National Assembly is the house of all people, without any sectarian or tribal differentiations. The National Assembly is a pillar of responsibility and good governance, in accordance with the constitution. So why has Kuwait become a source of constant crisis?

Today [February 2, 2012], is Kuwait's election day. [I am well aware] that the sensible and experienced people of Kuwait ought to choose what is in the best interest of Kuwait and its future. People must choose [based on] the quality of the electoral programs and platforms, regardless of their tribal and sectarian loyalty.

Found in: the national assembly, tribes, tribal differences, sectarian violence, sectarian, kuwaiti politics, kuwait elections, kuwait, democratic reform

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