13 December 2009
Monday (Dec. 7) - I joined a demonstration outside Parliament calling for the public questioning of the Prime Minister. A bunch of Scope TV hooligans showed up to counter-demonstrate and things got interesting.
Tuesday (Dec. 8) - I parked outside Parliament at 7:45 a.m., cut in line of around 100+ men--I'm not proud-- unfortunately parliament voted for closed-door questioning session (booo!!!!). As I walked out of the building over an hour after we were kicked out, reeling with anger against MPs who voted for a closed session, it dawned on me that I should be very happy. So I call a friend to convince her of this victory. NASSER ALMOHAMMAD IS BEING QUESTIONED ABOUT HIS CORRUPTION AS WE SPEAK! I drive home ecstatic and wait for news.
Wednesday (Dec. 9) - The Kuwaiti daily Alqabas reports that the PM didn't actually answer the questions and openly said I am free to do as I please with my personal funds and when asked to pledge to never bribe MPs again HE WOULDN'T DO IT! On the personal front, I personally find myself enraged by a certain MP from my district and vow to bring him down come next election. We'll see how that goes.
Where does all this leave us?
The government proved it has a $trong majority in parliament, unfortunately this parliamentary majority is fragmented and will be unlikely to vote as a bloc on any other issue. Which means the government will likely fail in ushering in an era of effective governing. Which means Nasser Al-Mohammad will be questioned again, and again, and again.
From where I stand, Sheikh Nasser's failure is inevitable. He has neither the skills, the capacity, nor the support he needs to succeed.
The question is will we all fail with him? Will Kuwait be spared his failures?