Kuwait National Assembly Elects Pro-Palestine Lawmaker as Speaker

Kuwaiti lawmaker Ahmed al-Saadoun. (Photo: via Wikimedia Commons)

The Kuwaiti National Assembly elected on Tuesday pro-Palestine lawmaker Ahmed al-Saadoun as the new speaker, local media reported.

Al-Saadoun, 88, has been named as Kuwait’s speaker of parliament after no lawmaker contested his candidacy.

Under Kuwait’s constitution, he will hold the post until the end of the National Assembly’s four-year term.

Al-Saadoun previously held the position in 1985, 1992, and 1996. He was elected as a member of the National Assembly for ten consecutive terms since 1975.

He also served as president of the Kuwait Football Association from 1968-1976 as well as vice president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) from 1974-1982.

As head of the Kuwaiti Football Association, al-Saadoun rallied support from the AFC member states which culminated in expelling Israel in September 1974.

Commenting on al-Saadoun’s election, Kuwaiti activist Tariq Al-Shayaa, said Kuwait, at all official and popular levels, is reiterating that its primary cause is the Palestinian cause and that it does not forget Palestine or the Palestinians.


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