Ban­quets: Tra­di­tional tool long used to lure vot­ers

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Ban­quets have long been cred­ited as an im­pres­sive ap­proach that can af­fect peo­ple, and con­se­quently an elec­tion tool can­di­dates em­ploy to lure vot­ers to their side. Still they con­sti­tute a chief temp­ta­tion, which many can­di­dates for the Kuwaiti Na­tional As­sem­bly (par­lia­ment) elec­tions, slated for Novem­ber 26, fol­low to man­i­fest hospi­tal­ity, and also win more sup­port­ers.

A ma­jor pop­u­lar dish that has been of­fered in such oc­ca­sions for years is ‘Mu­fat­tah’ (well-cooked sheep or camel meat, highly spiced, of­fered on rice in a huge dish). A host of other dishes are also served to meet dif­fer­ent tastes of the guests.

As the date for the poll is ap­proach­ing, live­stock sales in cer­tain con­stituen­cies have been on the rise. This has been ‘rel­a­tive’ in other con­stituen­cies where mostly mod­ern Arab and West­ern dishes are served in lux­u­ri­ous buf­fets.

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