The opposition holding a march Monday evening ‘in celebration of the election boycott success.’
Amir in consultations on government formation MPs mull priorities

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah began on Sunday traditional consultations on the formation of the new Cabinet. HH the Amir met with former parliament speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi and former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah in the first consultation, according to the state’s news agency KUNA.

Meanwhile, recently elected MPs have begun their own consultations on the priorities of the National Assembly this legislative round. The Parliament’s first session will be held on Sunday, Dec 16. According to MP Saad Al-Khanfour, the priorities will include the education and health sectors, unemployment and cases pertaining to the Bedoun (stateless residents).

A number of MPs are continuously announcing their candidacy for various positions on the Assembly’s secretariat panel – including MP Safaa Al-Hashem for the position of National Assembly Observer and MP Maasouma Al-Mubarak for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

On his part, Islamist MP Saud Al-Huraiji said “he will coordinate with MP Ali Al-Omair to form an Islamic bloc at the Assembly”, which will include other Islamist MPs such as Hammad Al-Dosari, Khaled Al-Adwa, Abdul-Rahman Al-Jeeran and Khaled Al-Shulaimi.

MP Hammad Al-Dosari, meanwhile, called on the “the application of the provisions of Islamic Sharia in Kuwait and the ‘Islamization’ of its laws”. He added that this therefore “requires the amendment of Article 2 of the Constitution”.

Meanwhile, opposition demonstrations continued Tuesday evening in various areas of Kuwait prompting security forces to use tear gas and smoke and stun grenades to try and disperse the protesters in various residential areas. The protests were on-going well into early Wednesday dawn.

According to sources, the anti-terror force of the National Guard was called in to help control the crowds and numerous participants were arrested.

The Ministry of Interior had earlier condemned the “illegal” marches that took place Monday evening and said it will not tolerate such unlicensed activities.

In a statement to the press, the ministry said the crowds were deliberately banditry and paralyzed traffic and interests in residential areas, threatening the lives of innocent people and creating fear and panic. Protestors encroached on security men, throwing stones and empty containers and leading to incidents of hit and run causing many injuries.

 The ministry added that it arrested a number of Bedoun, residents and citizens who participated in marches. 

Scores of citizens participated in several marches around Kuwait, including the areas of Sabah Al-Nasser, Jahra, Riqaa and Sabahiya but were dispersed by security forces using tear gas, smoke bombs, stun grenades and water cannons.

On their part, opposition former MPs condemned what they described as “police brutality” during several marches that were held Monday evening around Kuwait, demanding the dissolution of the one-vote assembly and the return of the four-vote system.
Numerous opposition activists were arrested and injuries were reported. The secretary of former MP Musallam Al-Barrak, Abbas Al-Shaaby, was hospitalized after a confrontation with security forces. Furthermore, a house belonging to a resident in the area of Sabah Al-Nasser caught fire and was put out by the fire brigade, according to news reports. 
Opposition forces had announced “nightly marches and on a daily basis in all areas of Kuwait until the ‘Nation’s Dignity 4’ march on Dec 8.” They said that the march will take place from 2-5 pm from Safir International Hotel to the Kuwait Towers on the Gulf Road.


By: Nihal Sharaf Arab Times Staff

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