Main op­po­si­tion group won’t field can­di­dates

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: The main na­tion­al­ist op­po­si­tion group yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated that it will not end its boy­cott of the Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tions. For­mer MP and lead­ing member of the op­po­si­tion Pop­u­lar Ac­tion Move­ment (PAM) Khaled Shukhayer said the move­ment will not take part in the elec­tion, but will not crit­i­cize op­po­si­tion mem­bers who de­cide to par­tic­i­pate. He said PAM mem­bers will not con­test the elec­tion as long as PAM sec­re­tary general Musal­lam Al-Bar­rak and other lead­ing mem­bers are be­hind bars.

Mean­while, 41 new can­di­dates reg­is­tered for the elec­tions yes­ter­day, rais­ing the num­ber so far to 291 hope­fuls for the Nov 26 snap polls. Two mem­bers of the dis­solved As­sem­bly, Ab­dul­lah AlAd­wani and Talal Al-Jal­lal, filed for re­elec­tion, while the main sur­prise was vet­eran ex-MP Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi, who filed his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers from the first con­stituency. Roumi, who rep­re­sented the con­stituency sev­eral times and was deputy speaker for one term, said the main fo­cus should be fight­ing cor­rup­tion, blam­ing the govern­ment for fail­ing to do so.

He said the Kuwaiti peo­ple should fight cor­rup­tion through the best se­lec­tion of can­di­dates to safe­guard the na­tion.

Roumi said the last pe­riod was very bad from both the govern­ment and the As­sem­bly and called on the op­po­si­tion to take part in the polls. Other main can­di­dates in­cluded Osama Al-Ta­hous, who was pro­nounced a win­ner in the 2013 elec­tion, but later the court de­cided there was an er­ror in the sort­ing of bal­lots and awarded his seat to Na­bil Al-Fadhl, who died over a year ago.

Ta­hous said that the dis­solved As­sem­bly com­mit­ted a num­ber of grave con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tions, say­ing that sev­eral cases of ag­gres­sion against pub­lic funds were com­mit­ted, ad­ding that mem­bers of the pre­vi­ous As­sem­bly failed to pro­tect the rights of peo­ple. For­mer MP Nawaf Al-Fuzai said the govern­ment will not be able to raise the price of petrol “if we get elected, as we will de­fend the rights of Kuwaiti peo­ple”. He said that the dis­solved As­sem­bly had squan­dered the rights of peo­ple and con­ceded many of its rights, be­com­ing a pup­pet of the govern­ment. Fuzai said as a re­sult of the As­sem­bly sur­ren­der­ing its pow­ers, cor­rup­tion be­came ram­pant and widespread.

Ab­dul­lah Al-Roumi

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