Kuwait court rejects move to bar parliament candidate

January 23, 2012

Kuwait’s administrative court has thrown out a lawsuit to bar a former lawmaker from seeking a new term in parliament.

Voters in the Second Constituency had filed a case to have a ban on ex-MP Khalaf Dumaifir from running in the parliamentary elections on February 2.

According to the filed papers, the former lawmaker has had a court ruling against him in the past and cannot, under the country’s elections laws, be a candidate in the national elections.

Khalaf was among a group of candidates who were initially barred by the interior ministry from running upon a recommendation from an ad-hoc committee.

However, the ministry’s decision was challenged and the candidates, including hig-profile figure ex-MP Faisal Al Mislim, were reinstated.

Badr Al Zair, the lawyer for the voters, said that he would take the case to the appeals court.




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

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