Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Call for multiparty system in Kuwait  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 13/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) In an unusual move, Kuwait's opposition yesterday called for wide-ranging democratic reforms including a multiparty system to limit the powers of the country's ruling family



The call came in a "national political reform programme," launched by Kuwait's Opposition Coalition



The coalition includes almost all opposition political groups, including Islamists, liberals and nationalists as well as trade and student unions, youth activists and civil society groups



The programme proposes fundamental political, constitutional and legislative reforms to achieve a multiparty system and prevent members of the ruling family from leading the government



The coalition called for amending 36 provisions of the 183-article constitution to restrict the wide powers held by ruling family



"The constitutional reform clauses aim to make key amendments in the existing constitution for change into a complete parliamentary system with real sovereignty for the parliament"The failure of mixing the presidential and parliamentary systems has become a hindrance to achieving development goals and good governance," said the reform document released by Opposition Coalition coordinator and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak at a press conference.



"Since declaration of the constitution in 1962, Kuwait has been facing a political crisis. The power of the ruling family has been increasing at the expense of the people," it added.



The reforms require the Emir to invite the winning party leader of an election to form the cabinet, limiting the powers o the Emir under the current system and rationaling his right to dissolve parliament




"The prime minister and the ministers should be members of the parliament to reflect the will of the nation" We want the ruling family to be completely out of the political process to bring about a ministry that is capable to shoulder full political responsibility," said the document



The programme also calls for the legalisation of political parties and for massive legislative reforms by amending and introducing 20 key laws focused on corruption, accountability and public freedoms. The coalition said it would seek peaceful methods to promote its reform programme including through rallies and gatherings



The new reform call has invited mixed reaction from Kuwaiti citizens.



"Citizens have the right to freedom of expression. The opposition demands are the opinion of a group of citizens which are not against the law as long as they respect others' opinion and don't attempt to destabilize the country. When the opposition members were in the parliament, we could not hear about any reform project but they were sharing the pie with the corrupt people," said a comment on a news website posted in response to the report



"Now is the role of youths to take the responsibility to develop the country and solve the problems of the people," it added



"We are supporting these reform because they are calling to combat corruption" However, we cannot rule out chances that some opportunists who had quit their posts in the government are in the forefront of the project," said another

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 May 28 2016 - Pakistan predicts 10 percent hike in exports to UAEpakisMENAFN
(MENAFN) Pakistan is aiming at a 10 percent increase in exports to the UAE, which has touched USD3 billion in its last fiscal year 2014-15.The y-o-y joint trade capacity has climbed 11 percent to ...

 May 28 2016 - UAE crushes regional rivals as top business hubMENAFN
(MENAFN) Emirati growth in financial and business services, trade and logistics, and tourism activity, over the last couple of decades, has played an important role in fueling Dubai's emergence as a ...

 May 28 2016 - Egypt works hard to establish local car manufacturingMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt is qualified and well prepared for the establishment of a real automotive industry based on manufacturing, rather than assembly, as explained and stressed by the nation's Minister if ...

 May 28 2016 - Kuwait's index bounces 45.63 pts volume soarsArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Kuwait stocks swung higher on Wednesday, as sentiment brightened on rising oil prices and positive regional cues The bourse, after a tame start, jumped 45.63 points to 5368.25 ...

 May 28 2016 - KIPCO hosts 'Speed of Trust' seminar by CoveyArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) The Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO) hosted Stephen M.R. Covey on his first trip to Kuwait. Covey is a renowned keynote speaker and advisor on trust and leadership and the author ...

 May 28 2016 - Kuwait bourse indices post weekly gainArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) The KSE Indices witnessed a positive week as the KSE price index closed with 5,396.67 an increase of 1.36% up 72.62 points compared to the previous week. As the MUDX remained ...

 May 28 2016 - Muslim mob attacks Christian homes in CairoArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) An Egyptian appeals court has overturned five-year prison sentences for 47 people for participating in unauthorised protests, but upheld fines of more than $11,000 each, ...

 May 28 2016 - Dubai police patrol in luxuryArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Image is everything in Dubai € even when fighting crime. Police in this desert metropolis have built up a high-horsepower arsenal of luxury sports cars and SUVs over the years ...

 May 28 2016 - Coalition pounds DAESH in RaqaArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Warplanes from the US-led coalition have pounded the Islamic State group with at least 150 strikes to bolster a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa, a ...

 May 27 2016 - Qatar- Five key clashes in the Champions League finalThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The 2016 UEFA Champions League Final logo at the Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy, on 26 May 2016. EPA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO Madrid:Real Madrid face local rivals Atletico Madrid ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help