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Popular Action Bloc

Popular Action Bloc
كتلة العمل الشعبي
Leader Ahmed Al-Sadoun
Founded 1992
Headquarters Kuwait City, Kuwait
Ideology Secular nationalism
Populism
Progressivism
Political position Centre-left
Politics of Kuwait
Political parties
Elections
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Kuwait

The Popular Action Bloc (Arabic: كتلة العمل الشعبي) is a political bloc in Kuwait headed by veteran former Speaker Ahmed Al-Sadoun.[1] The group focuses on populist issues like housing, salary raises, and reform. Of the fifty elected members of Kuwait National Assembly 2012, five belong to the Popular Action Bloc: Musallam Al-Barrak, Mohammad Al Khalifa, Khaled Tahous, Ali Al Deghbasi, and party leader Ahmed Al-Sadoun. Adding to them four other MPs who are not officially members of the Bloc.[2]

Expulsion of Shiite MPs

On 19 February 2008, the Popular Action Bloc expelled Shiite MPs Ahmed Lari and Adnan Zahid Abdulsamad for taking part in a ceremony eulogizing Hezbollah's slain top commander, Imad Mughniyeh. The ceremony's description of the fugitive Lebanese militant – killed in a 12 February car bombing in Syria – as a hero sparked public outrage in a country that holds him responsible for hijacking a Kuwait Airways flight and killing two of its Kuwaiti passengers 20 years ago. The two lawmakers were only expelled from their bloc and remained in the legislature. After the expulsions of the two, the seven member bloc was down to five members.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Most Kuwaiti political groups boycotting polls". Ahram Online. AFP. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kuwait Politics Database". GSU. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kuwait". International Herald Tribune. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
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