After 3 years in self-imposed exile, former MP Musallam Al-Barrak returns to Kuwait

Kuwait After an absence of more than 3 years in self-imposed exile in Turkey, former Kuwaiti MP Musallam Al-Barrak returned – the day before yesterday, Wednesday – to his country.

Al-Barrak, who is one of the most prominent symbols of the opposition – returning on a Kuwait Airways flight to his country – was not alone upon his return, but was accompanied by 5 other opponents who all benefited from the issuance of an Amiri pardon that included the abolition of prison sentences against them and others in the case that became known in the media as a case. Storming the National Assembly” in 2011.

And the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, issued – a few days ago – two Amiri decrees pardoning and reducing the sentence imposed on 35 people. The Abdali cell was convicted in 2017 of working for Hezbollah.

Article 75 of the Kuwaiti constitution states that “the emir has the right to pardon or reduce the penalty by decree.”

Three weeks ago, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad paved the way for issuing an amnesty for opponents, an issue that constituted a major condition for opposition representatives to end the months-long confrontation with the government that completely paralyzed legislative work.

popular presence

In the midst of a large popular presence of Kuwaiti citizens who supported and supported, Al-Barrak and his companions of former MPs and political activists, Khaled Al-Tahous, Muhammad Al-Balihes, Nasser Al-Radass and Mishaal Al-Dhaidi arrived at the airport, and they were allowed to go immediately to their homes.

And last Monday, 3 former MPs, Jamaan Al-Harbash, Mubarak Al-Walan and Salem Al-Namlan, had returned to Kuwait, benefiting from the Amiri pardon in the same case.

In his first press statement upon his arrival, Muslim Al-Barrak said, “We yearn for the Kuwaiti people, the thirsty longing for fresh water.. 3 and a half years have passed thanks to God and their supplications. Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

The Amiri pardon includes many deputies and activists (French)

joy and fatigue

The scene was more crowded in the streets, on the ground, and in the councils of the returnees, especially the Diwan of Muslim Al-Barrak in the Andalus region, which was adorned with a portrait of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Ahmad and the Crown Prince, Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad, accompanied by the phrase “Thank you, Amir of Pardon.”

The congestion in Diwan Al-Barrak reflected on the traffic movement, and the roads near the Diwan were almost closed, due to the large number of cars and the influx of thousands of well-wishers, and on the impact of the stampede of well-wishers who spread near the office of the former deputy, Musallam Al-Barrak fell ill, causing him to fall to the ground during the reception Which was held on the occasion of his return from Turkey.

After that, Al-Barrak expressed his wishes that “we will go to build Kuwait and fulfill all the wishes of its loyal people,” praising the position and sympathy of the honorable people, to return and tweet at a later time on his official account on Twitter, “Here is the Kuwait that knows me and I know it.”

For his part, former MP Khaled Al-Tahous renewed his thanks to the Emir of Kuwait – who used his right according to Article 75 of the constitution – “and we hope that no Kuwaiti will remain outside the country,” noting that “there will be a political discourse in the next stage, and the Kuwaiti people will be invited to it.”

new stage

Kuwaiti tweeters and activists interacted with Al-Barrak’s return to the homeland, considering that his return constitutes a new stage in the country’s political history.

In this context, Kuwaiti political analyst Dr. Abdullah Al-Shayji said – in a tweet on his Twitter account – commenting on the return of Al-Barrak and his companions, “We were proud in Kuwait: there is no opposition abroad and in the basements, no prisoners of conscience, no suppression of freedoms.”

He added, “Kuwait ranked first in freedom of the press, and from 4 Arab countries in the democracy and freedoms index, with the special amnesty and the return of the displaced despite its price, we restored that distinction and the issue of entering the National Assembly was closed.”

Some analysts and observers believe that closing the file of the issue of storming the National Assembly would fortify the home front in Kuwait at a very critical moment that the Arab region in general – and the Gulf in particular – is going through, considering at the same time that this step would carry a political breakthrough, which may be reflected On more than one level, specifically with regard to the cooperation of the two authorities (the government and parliament) and to overcome the stage of mutual escalation between them.

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