Abdu Jalil Khalil becomes second candidate to secure seat in lower chamber

September 18, 2010

Abdul Jalil (L) with his former challengers

Abdu Jalil Khalil became the second candidate to secure a seat in the lower chamber weeks before the elections are held to choose 40 lawmakers.

Abdul Jalil, who represented Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest society and parliamentary bloc, in the 2006-2010 lower chamber was assured of the seat after his two challengers withdrew on Friday evening, citing their non-readiness to compete against the strongly backed candidate.

His victory came one day after Lateefa Al Gaood, the first woman in the Gulf to be elected to a parliament, was assured of a new term representing the sixth constituency of the Southern Governorate when no candidate challenged her bid.

“When Abdul Jalil did not file his candidacy, we thought we had a chance, but now that he said that he would be running, we decided to withdraw,” Ali Shamtoot and Ali Ahmed Al Moemen, the two former applicants, said.

Abdul Jalil had waited until the fourth day of the five-day registration process to file his papers amid speculations that he had strong divergences with Al Wefaq over the final list of its candidates for the quadrennial elections to be held on October 23 and on October 30 for the second round in constituencies where no candidate secured at least 50 per cent.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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