Gulf in the News – October 31, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood role in GCC to be debated at summit

Source: Gulf News (Read full story)

The threat of the Muslim Brotherhood will be discussed by the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders at their meeting in Bahrain in December, Kuwaiti media claimed.

The request to include the Gulf role of the Islamist organisation in the summit agenda was made by a GCC country, Kuwait Arabic newspaper Al Shahedreported on Tuesday.

“The country said that the summit should discuss the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf countries and that the issue should be given priority because of its serious implications,” government sources told the Kuwaiti newspaper.

Registration of candidates opens today amid boycott – Barrak interrogated as supporters gather

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

The upcoming elections are the second this year and the fifth since mid-2006 due to political instability that caused the dissolution of the Assembly on six occasions. Liberal political groups yesterday called for a gathering today evening opposite Al-Taleea magazine on press street in Shuwaikh. Other opposition groups are planning a massive demonstration on Nov 4. In another development, supporters of former opposition leader and MP Musallam Al-Barrak, who was arrested late Monday, were on the verge of clashing with elite special forces yesterday.

Bahraini prince to visit Gaza on Thursday

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

The visit was confirmed by Hamas sources who said the Bahraini prince, chairman of the Royal Charity Organization (RCO), would also be meeting with Gaza’s Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniya. Haniya visited Bahrain earlier this year as part of a regional tour which also took him to Qatar, Kuwait and Iran. The prince’s trip to Gaza comes a week after a visit by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the first ever by a head of state since Hamas seized the territory in 2007, ousting forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmud Abbas. The visit was something of a diplomatic coup for Hamas, which has been shunned by international dignitaries over the last five years.

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