Gulf in the News – August 6, 2012

Opposition MPs issue stern warning to PM – More than 20,000 ink opposition petition

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun reiterated the opposition’s total rejection of amending the electoral law or referring it to the constitutional court and told Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah that if he can not face the “forces of corruption” he should resign. Saadoun insisted that the government should immediately dissolve the 2009 National Assembly and hold fresh elections on the basis of the existing electoral law and voting system.

45 dead in south Yemen suicide attack

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

A suicide bombing in south Yemen blamed on Al-Qaeda killed 45 people, local officials said yesterday, as residents voiced fears that a lack of security personnel on the ground will allow the militants to return. In the east of the country, meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike late on Saturday killed five Al-Qaeda militants, a local official said.
The bomber struck on Saturday in Jaar, one of a string of towns in Abyan province that were retaken by government troops in June after being held by Al-Qaeda loyalists for more than a year.

King Abdullah committed to serving Muslim Ummah: Prince Khaled

Source: Saudi Gazette (Read full story)

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah Region, said King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has been following developments in the Muslim world and that is why he called for the Makkah Islamic summit which will be held on Aug. 14-15.

At a press conference held Saturday at his residence in Jeddah, Prince Khaled welcomed all Arab and Muslim leaders to the summit. He said King Abdullah was keen to hold the summit during the holy month of Ramadan and in the holy city of Makkah, especially in light of the current developments in the Muslim world.

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