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Amir receives opposition figures

KUWAIT: The Amir yesterday received a seven-member delegation from the opposition for the first time in almost three years after the late 2012 change of the Electoral Law. Former Housing Minister Shuaib Al-Muwaizri said in a statement that the meeting took place at the Sief Palace and included former members of the scrapped February 2012 Assembly Mohammad Al-Dallal, Osama Al-Shaheen, Hamad Matar, Abdulrahman Al-Anjari, Ammar Al-Ajmi, Osama Al-Munawer, in addition to Munawer Al-Azemi.

In a statement after the meeting Muwaizri (also a former MP) said the meeting was very cordial, frank and held in a family atmosphere and was an opportunity to hail the Amir’s keenness to strengthen national unity. He said the delegation praised the Amir’s brave and wise position in confronting terrorism and to be with his people in the first few minutes after the terrorist bombing of Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque. Muwaizri said the meeting was also an opportunity to raise a number of issues that concern the Kuwaiti people, adding that at the end of the meeting, the importance of more contacts was stressed.

Other members who attended the meeting did not make any comment on their Twitter accounts. At least three of the members belong to the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Kuwaiti opposition groups boycotted the elections held in December 2012 and July 2013 in protest against the government amendment of the Electoral Law, saying the amendment allowed the government to manipulate the election results in its favor. Muwaizri however did not clarify whether the members of the delegation attended the meeting on personal capacity or represented opposition groups.

By Staff Reporter

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This article was published on 14/07/2015