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Volume :38 Issue : 144 2012      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Experience and Vision of the First Kuwaiti Parliament in 1963: Historical Analysis from British Documents

Auther : Dr. Faihan M. Al-Otaibi

     This study examines throughly the first Kuwaiti parliament experience of 1963 after the independence of Kuwait and the revocation of the Protection Agreement with Britain in nineteenth of June 1961. It relied on a historical analysis of British documents for evaluating the experience of this new Kuwaiti parliament.
     The study presented the viewpoint of the British ambassador in Kuwait ( Richmond) regarding Kuwait's elections, candidates, electors, election departments and the views of the ambassador on the sessions of the Parliament and the relations between the Ministers and the members of the Parliament. The ambsassador views were part of short letters addressed to the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The study concluded that the democratic experience in Kuwait was established without political parties. However, this didn't affect its richness or the degree of freedom and diversity. It also indicated that Kuwait Constitution which gained integrated features and became an integrated model embodying the traits and features of the constitution that combines both the Presidential system as well as the Parliament System.
     The study has also indicated that the ruling family has approved the principles of an elected Parliament. Therefore, it has gained the respect within and outside Kuwait and this has increased the opportunities of Kuwait as an independent State. It has also been indicated that the Parliament was negatively affected by the traditional or conservative aspect as most of its members were non-qualified for political or parliament practice.
 

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