Adel Al Mouawda wins parliamentary seat after challenger pulls out

September 19, 2010

Al Mouawda celebrates his victory

Adel Al Mouawda, a lawmaker who represented Al Asala, the flagship of Salafism in Bahrain, in the 2002 and 2006 lower chambers has made history by becoming the first MP in Bahrain to get elected three consecutive times.

Al Mouawda’s new term following those of 2002-2006 and 2006-2010 was assured more than one month before the parliamentary elections after his sole challenger withdrew from the race.

Yahya Al Majdami, an independent running without backing from a political or religious society, on Saturday evening said that he decided to pull out of the quadrennial race after he saw that his electoral platform was similar to that of Al Mouawda.

“There was no pressure on me to quit the race,” he said after he withdrew his application. “I pulled out of the race on my own volition and I have deep trust in Shaikh Adel Al Mouawda. He has been able to represent the constituency in a positive manner for eight years and has invariably conveyed the constituents’ voices, concerns and aspirations,” he said.

Al Mouawda has become the third lawmaker to win a seat in the next lower chamber after Lateefa Al Gaood, the first woman to be elected to a parliament in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and Abdul Jalil Khalil, a lawmaker representing Al Wefaq, the largest bloc in the 2006-2010 term.

In 2006, only Lateefa carried her constituency before the elections when her challenger withdrew from the race and she cruised unopposed into the 40-seat lower chamber.

Nine other lawmakers from the outgoing chamber are hoping to keep their seats in the elections on October 23. Constituencies where no candidate received more than 50% of the votes will have a second round on October 30.

Bahrainis living abroad will cast their ballots on October 19 and 26.




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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