Monday, May 26, 2014

‘Green’ Candidate Calls to Legalize Alcohol, Gambling in Kuwait

KUWAIT TIMES: A candidate who registered yesterday to run for one of the five seats in next month’s by-elections surprised the election department by announcing he will work to legalize the sale of liquor in Kuwait and allow gambling. Wearing an untraditional green bisht, Waleed Al-Nasser said that Kuwait’s beaches should be turned into “open resorts” where liquor, which is totally prohibited in Kuwait, should be allowed, “but only for a few people and tourists”.
“Beaches until Messila should be open, while from there down south, we should have ‘Islamic’ resorts,” Nasser, speaking rapidly and not in full control of himself, told astonished reporters after filing his nomination papers to run from the tribal fourth constituency. Asked why he was wearing a green bisht, which is not used at all in Kuwait, Nasser said it was in commemoration of a religious figure known as the ‘Green Man’ who happens to be his forefather. The candidate said he will focus on achieving people’s demands and economic development, which is lagging behind.
Another candidate had grabbed headlines a day earlier by turning up to register in heavy winter clothing. Mohammad Al-Masri registered to run from the third constituency and paid the registration fee in loose change, but fell short by 250 fils, which was paid by an official. He also refused to sign the registration document, preferring to furnish his thumbprints using an inkpad he brought in a plastic bag.
Besides Nasser, 12 other candidates filed their papers yesterday, raising the number of hopefuls to 65 on the sixth day of registration, which will end on Thursday. The by-election will be held on June 26 to fill the five seats that fell vacant after five MPs resigned after the Assembly rejected a request to grill the prime minister.

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