Focus on boycott ‘Success’ eyed

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 24: “One of the most important objectives of boycotting this election is to deliver a clear message to HH the Amir (the head of state) on the volume of popular rejection of the one-vote decree and reveal the government and advisor’s mistake and lack of supporters of the decree,” stressed opposition former lawmaker Faisal Al-Mislem on Saturday.

Reiterating the opposition’s urge for citizens to boycott elections on Dec 1, Al-Mislem said the decree has led to the division of Kuwaiti society in an unprecedented manner and paralyzed state institutions. “Despite the requests and mediations advocated by various segments of the Kuwaiti society and political community to withdraw the decree and leave the amendment (of the electoral law) to the National Assembly, the authority refused to respond,” he added.

Al-Mislem further stressed that the success of the popular boycott would convey an important message to HH the Amir. The message will “express the people’s fear of an undeserving Assembly that does not have the honor of representing the nation and cannot be trusted on legislation, the supervision and evaluation of government performance, and preserving public funds”. He added that “this will entitle HH the Amir to dissolve the Assembly and return (matters) to it former state”.

The opposition is moving forward with its planned third march entitled “Nation’s Dignity” on Nov 30, the eve of elections. Boycotting campaigns through seminars are also being held in all constituencies, to urge citizens to boycott the upcoming election.

Previous processions were met with tear gas, smoke bombs, stun grenades and arrests by the Interior Ministry, which had warned that it will not be lenient on “illegal” demonstrations outside Al-Erada Square.

By: Nihal Sharaf Arab Times Staff

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