Dr. Haila Al-Mukaimi, a political science professor at Kuwait University is optimistic: "We have many educated parliamentarians this time, which is a very great asset.
faith in the parliament, however, Al-Mukaimi
thinks it would be wise to wait for the first session before judging its performance.
is quick to note, "Not just the first session alone, but rather the first few sessions, because the first session will focus on voting for the new members of the committees.
It is safe to say that there is cooperation between the government and parliament, which can be noted from the government's support for liberal MPs.
"What is worth being concerned about however is the fact that the government, which supported liberal MPs, including Rola Dashti
and Aseel Al-Awadhi...issued
a fatwa that could be used against them concerning the hijab.
It is not clear yet whether the government is trying to please the Islamist bloc, a long-time affiliate of the government," said Al-Mukaimi
This came as a disappointment to the Islamist blocs but, Al-Mukaimi
says, the government might decide to vote Dashti and Al-Duwaisan out and vote Islamist MPs in. "This may happen as a gesture from the government to please the Islamist bloc, given that it is almost marginalized in this parliamentary formation, but it does not mean at all that the
government and the Islamist bloc will have a honeymoon; on the contrary, this should make the Islamists worried," said Al-Mukaimi
says that "personally I believe this term is going to be hopefully fruitful.