Kuwait witnessing ‘a positive period’ ahead – Top priority to democracy
KUWAIT: Information Ministry Undersecretary Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah denied any fears prompted by the victory of 17 Shiites in the National Assembly elections and said all those who won belong to the larger Kuwaiti family and remain at the service of Kuwait first and foremost.
He said Kuwait’s relations with all the countries are based on good neighborhood and mutual respect. Expressing optimism about Kuwait witnessing a positive period ahead since many competent and experienced candidates won the elections, he said with the cooperation of the government, they can fulfill the aspirations of the citizens to push an agenda of development. Sheikh Al-Humoud was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the press conference held by the international observers about KTV coverage. He said he has left it to the viewers to judge, and added, “I do stress that one of main duties of Kuwait TV and the Ministry of Information is to urge for democracy and positive participation.
That is also the approach adopted in the past.” He said regardless of the difference in views, everyone was committed to work in the interest of Kuwait now and in future under the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad. Sheikh Al-Humoud congratulated HH the Amir and the Kuwaiti people for the democratic “festival” and the election of a new parliament, adding that everybody was waiting for more achievements that can lead to a comprehensive development and prosperity for the Kuwaiti people.
Sheikh Salman thanked the media for its transparent and effective coverage of the elections. He also thanked the Arab and international transparency committee for monitoring the elections, adding that its report is clear evidence about the validity of the democratic experience, and the keenness of the Amir, the government and the people for a constructive democratic experience. When asked about the treatment of the two Japanese journalists who were involved in a traffic accident, he said they are both in hospital in a critical condition and “we wish them all the best.”