Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't Give Up on Democracy

This is not an attempt to steal Marzouq Al-Ghanim’s campaign slogan– don’t give up on your country! A lot of people felt despair, especially on the liberal side, about the election result. The result was much in favor of religious as well as tribal candidates. There is much to say about the result beyond the dismal appearance.

The most organized Islamist group, Hadas, did not do well. The gain came in the less organized and less politically savvy Salafi movement and independent Islamists. I did not think the liberals fared that bad. In 2nd district three out of four Tahaluf candidates won, which is a good outcome I thought. In the 3rd, Aseel’s performance gives pride to liberals and women. Saleh Al-Mullah made a breakthrough. So there are some positives on the liberal side. Tribal candidates scored the biggest win. In the end it was a true reflection of our society, whether we like it or not.

As Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

democracy in kuwait still has a long way to go to evolve into a competent form of government and i dont the country has the luxury of that time.

it may be better to be realists and simply bail out while ahead.