Kuwait’s government reinforces ascendance over parliament
Kuwait’s government has reinforced its ascendance over the parliament, beating them 3-2 in their annual football match.
The government has now won five of the eight matches between the two teams in a tradition that sees ministers and lawmakers setting aside an evening to compete in sport, not politics, during Ramadan.
In a pre-match statement, Shaikh Ahmad Al Abdallah, information and oil minister, said that the game was an indication of the brotherly relations and positive atmosphere between ministers and MPs
“The atmosphere is friendly between our two authorities, the biggest proof of that is that the MPs passed the development plan,” he said, quoted by Kuwait Times.
For MP Waleed Al Tabtabai, the match was a good opportunity to compete against the government.
“In the National Assembly we have raised the white flag. I hope we will win here,” he said.
The government’s team, sporting blue jerseys, was made up of Shaikh Ahmad Al Abdallah, Bader Al Shuraian, Minister of Electricity and Water, Hilal Al Sayer, Minister of Health, Fadhel Safar, Minister of Municipality Affairs, and Abdullatif Al Roudhan and Fawaz Al Fadhel from the Cabinet ministry.
The lawmakers, in ornage outfits, fielded former MP Muhammad Al Sager and current MPs Ali Al Umeir, Abdelrahman Al Anjery, Saleh Al Mulla, Marzoug Al Ghanem, Khaled Al Tahoos, and Waleed AlTabtabai.
Waleed Al Nisf, editor-in-chief of Al Qabas daily, was the referee.
Former MP Jasem Al Kandery, and organizer of the match, played for the government team and scored in the first half.
The government’s merciless onslaught was materialized by Fawaz Al Fadhel who put the ball twice in the back of the nets and gave the team a three-goal advantage by the end of the first half.
However, Marzouq Al Ghanem in the second half led the lawmakers’ comeback, netting twice and bringing the score to a more decent outlook.
Following the game, Al Shuraian said that the score proved there was tough competition between the two teams.
“A 3-2 score shows that there is an honest and friendly competition between the executive and legislative authorities,” he said.
The minister said that the “strategically arranged positions resulted in the formation of a good team.”
“Fadhel Safar is a very good goalkeeper and I played defense. Shaikh Ahmad Al-Abdallah played well as a center forward.”
However, MP Al Tahoos said that the government won the match because they had help from ‘professionals.’
“There were professional players playing with the government,” he joked. “We will have our revenge when we meet again in Abdallah Al-Salem hall in the National Assembly,” he said.
According to the MP, the real success of the event is that it takes place in a friendly atmosphere.
“This is part of the nature of the Kuwaitis, be it in the friendly atmosphere of diwaniyas during Ramadan or such fun activities,” he said.
Jaber Al Mubarak Al Sabah, the first deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, handed out the cup to the winners.