Al-Usboo [Archives:2003/649/Press Review]

July 10 2003

3 July 2003
Main headlines:
– Al-Ahmar domination prevents majority from determining fate of parliamentary committees
– Unidentified persons tried to kill al-Isbou newspaper publisher
– Security coordination between Yemen and Saudi Arabia to be broadened
Columnist Jalal al-Shara'bi wrote an article on the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections that have been recently held. The writer says that perhaps indications pint out that corruption and deformations in the administration are characteristics of the coming stage in Kuwait. Bribes have mingled with tribal loyalties and buying votes and all came in coincidence with extravagant spending on elections campaigns. In Kuwait a democracy giving the man the right to elections and nomination and withheld that right from the woman so that to be an instrument for overbidding and an issue for soliciting emotions and winning electors for winning the elections battle of half democracy. Democracy in Kuwait is inevitably heading for a crossroads where corruption is surly coming and the squandering of money in millions of dollars by the candidates something horrific. How come a candidate spends ten million dollars to win a seat at the parliament without putting in mind that his intentions and tasks would be related to trade? This state of affairs is not confined to Kuwait, for the parliamentary elections in Yemen have disclosed such orientation and given birth to an undeclared party, i.e. the ''businessmen''.