20 more can­di­dates reg­is­ter for elec­tion

Tabtabai among for­mer op­po­si­tion MPs to en­ter fray

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: A large num­ber of the so-called assem­bly ma­jor­ity op­po­si­tion, com­pris­ing the Fe­bru­ary 2012 assem­bly, yes­ter­day de­cided to take part in the next month’s par­lia­men­tary polls, of­fi­cially break­ing a four-year boy­cott.

For­mer op­po­si­tion MP Waleed Al-Tabtabai said the de­ci­sion was taken af­ter a meet­ing of a large num­ber of for­mer op­po­si­tion MPs. He said he will reg­is­ter to con­test the polls to­day along with Osama Al-Shaheen, Mo­ham­mad Al-Dal­lal, Mo­ham­mad Hayef, Osama Al-Mu­nawer, Bader Al-Da­houm and Nayef Al-Mer­das, all mem­bers of the Fe­bru­ary 2012 assem­bly which was con­trolled by the op­po­si­tion and was dis­solved by the con­sti­tu­tional court for pro­ce­dural flaws.

Tabtabai said that the de­ci­sion was taken for the ser­vice and in­ter­est of the Kuwaiti peo­ple. More op­po­si­tion fig­ures are ex­pected to join the fray, in­clud­ing for­mer MP Ja­maan AlHar­bash of the Is­lamic Con­sti­tu­tional Move­ment.

Al­most all op­po­si­tion groups boy­cotted the De­cem­ber 2012 and 2013 elec­tions in protest against the gov­ern­ment’s uni­lat­eral change of the vot­ing sys­tem. But they even­tu­ally de­cided to take part un­der the amended sin­gle-vote sys­tem say­ing that the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions in the coun­try have de­te­ri­o­rated.

Three for­mer op­po­si­tion MPs Ali Al-De­qbasi, Adel Al-Damkhi and Am­mar Al-Ajmi have al­ready reg­is­tered as can­di­dates even ahead of the de­ci­sion. But for­mer speaker and op­po­si­tion leader Ah­mad Al-Saadoun said he will not change his po­si­tion and will not con­test the elec­tion be­cause noth­ing has changed and even if the op­po­si­tion wins it will not be able to change.

In the mean­time, 20 more can­di­dates filed their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers yes­ter­day rais­ing the num­ber of can­di­dates so far to 152 hope­fuls. They in­cluded a woman and two mem­bers of the dis­solved assem­bly.

— Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Can­di­dates file nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for con­test­ing in the up­com­ing Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions slated for Novem­ber 26 at the reg­is­tra­tion of­fice on Thurs­day.

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