His Highness the Amir
inaugurates parliament's
12th legislative term

His Highness the Amir inaugurates parliament's 12th legislative term

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated on Sunday 1st June 2008, the first session of the National Assembly's 12th legislative term.

His Highness the Amir delivered a speech, marking the beginning of the term.

In his speech, His Highness the Amir underscored that "the appointment of the prime minister is my choice and decision, and everyone must be aware that the appointment of the prime minister and ministers is the sole right of the Amir according to the constitution." "No one," he said, "has the right to violate this right or intervene."

His Highness the Amir said that it was with "sincere national will" that the a future is looked at, a future "where cooperation replaces differences in the relation between the legislative and executive authorities so that we may march on the track that we desire, and developmental projects are not lost in the midst of political strife and crises." He said, "Cooperation is creative dialogue, hard work toward achieving our aspirations and goals, while differences and arguments are a cause for backwardness."

Reminding that the appointment of the premier was the sole right of the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah said he had "repeatedly warned of the danger of deviating from national principles, and warned against seeking backing from (anything) other than the law, and the instigation of tension and strife which could lead to grave consequences that no sincere person could overlook." In this regard, he reiterated that "we will not allow anyone, no one whatsoever under any pretext, to harm our national interests, whether they be security, political, social or economic, so that Kuwait remains fortified against any chaos, strife or damage." He added that deviation and violations "have become a threat to the nation's interests, and it was this that compelled us to take the decision to dissolve the former parliament after all means, sacrifices and calls were exhausted." His Highness the Amir said that in light of the circumstances and after development was hindered, "this compels me to always intervene so that the interests of the country may not be a matter of whim and absurd practices and personal practices".

He expressed optimism as to the performance of the new parliament, and hoped that all would exercise wisdom and benefit from the previous experiences and to learn from them, "making Kuwait the balance by which we weigh all that we intend to do, say or carry out." He said that he was confident that the parliament and government would cooperate and conduct their duties in a "balanced" manner so that no authority would intervene in the prerogatives of the other and a "mutual trust in joint institutional action be born." His Highness the Amir also said the government had to place a "comprehensive development plan based on an objective study" in order to accommodate the needs of the nation, such that this may be the reference for action, and having implementation and evaluation mechanisms.

He also lauded the role played by Kuwaiti women in all fields, adding that "we aspire for a greater and more comprehensive role, with women working hand in hand with their brothers, and actively bearing the responsibilities of development in all fields." Addressing the media, he said that Kuwait was a model of liberty and democracy, but said that what had been practiced by the media of late "exceeded the framework of responsible media and the regulations of professionalism and the requirements of national interest, instigating chaos and tension at times." He called for placing the state's interests above all other considerations.



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