The address of His Highness the Prime Minister at the Conference of National Dialogue for political reform organized by the Kuwaiti Transparency Society marking the (46th) anniversary of the Constitution of the State of Kuwait  
  11 November 2008  

In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.

Speaker of the venerable National Assembly,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Assalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

I am pleased to speak before your conference organized by the Kuwaiti Transparency Society under the title "National Dialogue for Political Reform" on the forty sixth anniversary of the Kuwaiti Constitution. This occasion which is dear to us differs from any other, since all the gains and accomplishments achieved in our country were a reflection of the constitution which laid fixed precepts and firm pillars upon which the modern State of Kuwait was founded. 
The modern boom was established on the pillars of the constitution that epitomized the principles of democracy and freedom, which are the greatest gains we pride ourselves on.

Since we are commemorating the anniversary of our great constitution, we recall with gratitude and appreciation Kuwait's pioneers who left us a great legacy to enlighten our path to righteousness.
We must also recall with much gratitude the significant historical role undertaken by the late Amir His Highness the Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah (may Allah bless his soul), to build a solid groundwork for Kuwait, carrying the torch of freedom and enlightenment by which the constitution was born and modern Kuwait was established; a contemporary state of solid structure based on accord, cooperation and the course of Shura and democracy.
He was, Allah rest his soul, astute and with a vision, he foresaw the future and acknowledged its elements and pillars, hence his historical decision to compile the constitution aimed at the people's participation in running the State on the principles of democracy based on the reality of Kuwait and in conformity with its objectives.
We also recall on this auspicious occasion, the late Amirs of Kuwait; Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Sheikh Sa'ad Al-Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah (May they rest in peace) whom followed through the vision with sincerity to raise its status, and which will continue under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince.
As we pride ourselves on this democracy, which grew and prospered over half a century, we must preserve this great accomplishment which attains our entity and maintains our existence. 
The democracy we have, and had in the past is a great gain for us all, if we safeguard it from our whims, we can maintain our unity and our country.
Time and events have proved the strength of our democratic experience; conflicting opinions or contradicting points of view indicate soundness and maturity of the practice. Constructive dialogue aimed at realizing the interests of the country and its people is a fundamental of democracy, without which the elements of democracy are incomplete, since democracy is the fortress in which we seek refuge, after the Almighty.

We are faced with a number of objectives and aspirations that we look forward to achieving, and our only means is in consolidating our efforts and cooperating to build our country with devotion to maintain its high standing under the leadership of His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince.

Wassalamu Alikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh.

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