The First Deputy PM and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah leaving for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to attend the 31st Summit of Interior Ministers of GCC countries
Opposition calls Erada rally

KUWAIT CITY, Nov. 13: Opposition forces called for another rally in Al-Erada Square next Sunday Nov. 18 to continue calls for the boycott of elections in objection to the one-vote electoral amendment.

The so-called Majority Bloc met on late Tuesday evening to review its upcoming opposition movements with regards to the upcoming elections on Dec 1. Former MP Ahmed Al-Saadoun said that “in defense of Constitutional constants, we will accept the invitation of ‘the campaign to boycott elections 2012’ and will meet in Al-Erada Square next Sunday”.

The opposition believes the electoral amendment, through a decree of urgency, that reduced the people’s vote from four to one will produce a solely pro-government Parliament and said it will continue protests until the amendment is repealed. Earlier opposition-led processions outside Al-Erada Square ended in clashes with security forces but last Sunday’s mass rally in the square, on the 50th anniversary of the Constitution, ended peacefully.

“The last gathering was proof of the people’s refusal of the change in the electoral system and or meeting was to evaluate the previous phase and activate the popular boycott through seminars. We invite all constituencies to Al-Erada Square next Sunday,” said former MP Falah Al-Sawwagh.

Al-Sawwagh had further commented on Twitter that the opposition “welcomes to resolve the crisis and always strives for the stability of the country through any initiative provided that the decree is withdrawn and the four-votes system is returned”.

The Criminal Court on Tuesday postponed to Nov 27 the deliberation of state security cases against Al-Sawwagh as well as former lawmakers Khaled Al-Tahous and Bader Al-Dahoum. The former MPS are accused of undermining the status and authorities of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during opposition seminars.

By: Nihal Sharaf Arab Times Staff

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