Op­po­si­tion ‘on verge’ of end­ing boy­cott: Sources

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

Op­po­si­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives met at Am­mar Al-Ajmi’s di­waniya in Kaifan with­out the at­ten­dance of for­mer MPs Ahmed Al-Saadoun and Khaled Al-Sul­tan, well-in­formed sources said. The sources ex­plained that 11 for­mer MPs in­clud­ing Mo­ham­mad Al-Dal­lal, Badr Al-Da­houm, Ja­maan Al-Har­bash, Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, Ha­mad Al-Mu­tar, Osama Al-Me­nawer, Adel Al-Damkhi, Osama Al-Sha­heen, Mo­ham­mad Hayef, Nayef Al-Mer­das and Ajmi at­tended the meet­ing and dis­cussed tak­ing part in the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

The sources quoted Har­bash urg­ing his col­leagues to be re­al­is­tic and note that peo­ple have been avoid­ing their sem­i­nars and re­ject­ing their calls to go to Irada Square. “My broth­ers and my­self have been af­fected very much by the boy­cott,” he said, point­ing out that he had re­ceived a call from for­mer MP Musal­lam Al-Bar­rak urg­ing them to take part in the elec­tions, be­cause hav­ing op­po­si­tion MPs in par­lia­ment would be a golden op­por­tu­nity for Bar­rak to run in the fol­low­ing elec­tions that will be held when the op­po­si­tion wins seats and man­ages to cre­ate a cri­sis in the new par­lia­ment and have it dis­solved.

The sources added that a dis­cus­sion was held about how to take part in the elec­tions and that it was agreed to run in the elec­tions pro­vided that Bar­rak is­sues a writ­ten state­ment urg­ing the op­po­si­tion to do so. “Har­bash called Bar­rak and he promised to make the state­ment,” said the sources, ad­ding that for­mer MP Faisal Al-Mislem said that he was em­bar­rassed to de­clare his in­ten­tions to take part be­cause he had just urged peo­ple to boy­cott the elec­tions two days ear­lier. “Let me be the last to an­nounce my par­tic­i­pa­tion,” the sources claimed he said, as if yield­ing to pub­lic pres­sure.

The meet­ing’s host and for­mer MP Ajmi said that the op­po­si­tion MPs who at­tended the meet­ing de­cided to take part in the elec­tions ex­cept for Tabtabaei, who de­cided to con­sult his vot­ers, and Mer­das, who has not made up his mind yet. Ajmi added that six of the ma­jor­ity bloc mem­bers, in­clud­ing Saadoun, Sul­tan, Ab­dul­latif Al-Ameeri, Mo­hammed Al-Kan­dari, Faisal Al-Yahya and Obaid Al-Wasmi, will not take part in the up­com­ing elec­tions. Ajmi added that an­other meet­ing would be held at his di­waniya to­mor­row. In ad­di­tion, Ajmi noted that the Is­lamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment (ICM) general as­sem­bly had se­lected Har­bash to take part.

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