Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood Supports Opposition Alliance


A Turkish news portal is reporting that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood is supporting the formation of an opposition alliance in that country. According to a World Bulletin report

MP of the Islamic Constitutional Movement (HADAS) known as the political wing of Society of Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, stated that the alliance to be formed by the opposition would be an excellent political move. Underlining that the alliance of opposition to be formed would be made up of parties, trade unions and student groups, es-Sahin said, ‘The alliance to be formed by the inclusion of opposition members from varying backgrounds is very important for us. We are at a point where we are in need of unity and cooperation the most.’ Sahin said, ‘The opposition’s lacking a road map and not having a single voice was one of the drawbacks in people trusting them’ and stated the intermediaries were unsuccessful and created an obstacle between the government and the opposition. Sahin also said that they as a party wanted article 6 of the constitution ‘Kuwait’s regime is democracy’ to be implemented and release of political prisoners.”

German reported in January that the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood had boycotted the parliamentary elections which were won largely by Shiites. Despite the boycott, the Brotherhood won four seats. A post from January reported on comments by a Kuwaiti MP warning of Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cells.”

A Carnegie Foundation report identifies the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) as the “political arm of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood” and the Social Reform Society as “the formal organization associated with the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.” One of the most important leaders of the Kuwait Brotherhood is Tariq Al-Suwaidan, the General Manager of Al-Resalah Satellite TV, the brainchild of Saudi businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. In May 2007, Al-Suwaidan was listed by federal prosecutors in a group of U.S Muslim Brotherhood members named as part of a large group of Unindicted Co-Conspirators in the terrorism financing case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, convicted of providing funds for Hamas. Al-Suwaidan is also the author of the anti-Semitic “Encyclopedia of Jews.” A post from November 2012 reported on further comments by the Dubai police chief accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of creating unrest in the UAE. As noted in that post,  Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan also said that UAE Muslim Brotherhood members who had been arrested had met with Kuwaiti Brotherhood “mentors”  including  Tariq Al-Suwaidan. In March, a post reported that that Tariq Al-Suwaidan had added his voice to the conflict between the UAE and the Global Muslim Brotherhood by warning that if the UAE followed through on its threat to arrest Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, “it would be a disaster” for the UAE.


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