Ahmed Al-Sadoun

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Ahmed AbdulAziz AL-Sadoun
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Personal details
Born (1934-11-12) November 12, 1934 (age 80)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Nationality  Kuwait
Residence Khaldiya, Kuwait
Occupation real estate executive
Religion Sunni Muslim

Ahmed Al-Sadoun (Arabic: أحمد عبدالعزيز السعدون‎) (born 1934) is the Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly as of 2012. He was previously the speaker from 1985 to 1999. He is the leader of the Popular Action Bloc in the Assembly and served for eight terms.

He represented the third district. Al-Sadoun worked in the ministry of communication before being elected to the National Assembly in 1975.

Al-Sadoun is a real estate executive.[1]

Personal Information & Career[edit]

He's the youngest of his family born to his father AbdulAziz Jassem AL-Sadoun & mother Dalal AL-Rikada he has 12 brothers and sisters. Ahmed AL-Sadoun is Married with six children, two boys (AbdulAziz and Mohammed) and four girls (Widad, Ghada, Shaikha and Dalal). He's one of the founders of Kazma Sporting Club in 1964 and secretary until 1968 and then the president of Kuwait Football Association from 1968 to 1976 and vice president of FIFA from 1974 to 1982

  • Home City: Khaldiya, Kuwait
  • Religious Views: Muslim - Sunni
  • Elected member since: 1975
  • Elected member for: 11 terms 1975, 1981, 1985, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012
  • Speaker of Kuwait National Assembly: 1985, 1992, 1996, and 2012
  • Political Orientation: Leader of the Takatul al-Nawwab (1992) and of the Popular Bloc (1999, 2012)

Allegations of Profiteering[edit]

On May 28, 2007, the National Assembly formed an in-house investigation panel to look into allegations that Al-Sadoun and Mohammed Al-Sager used their influence to make money. The seven-member panel examined claims that Al-Sadoun gave information he garnered from a parliamentary question to his son, helping the company the son worked in to win a business contract.[2]

Oil Reforms[edit]

On June 14, 2008, Al-Sadoun and three other MPs filed a bill stipulating that annual oil output from Kuwait should not exceed one percent of proven reserves. The bill also requires the state to disclose to parliament the emirate's actual proven reserves. Government reports declare Kuwait's reserves to be about 100 billion barrels (1.6×1010 m3). Al-Sadoun alleges that this number has been inflated to give Kuwait greater leeway within OPEC, which apportions export quotas based on the size of each member country's reserves. Al-Sadoun has said that proven reserves could be as low as around 24 billion barrels (3.8×109 m3). In the past few years, Kuwait has been producing just under one billion barrels per year, one percent of the official reserve figure. If the bill is approved, it could force the emirate to cut its output from 2.55 million barrels (405,000 m3) per day currently to a quarter of that.[3]

Al-Sadoun further breaks from Kuwait's current oil policies in his staunch opposition to the entry of international oil companies (IOCs) into Kuwait.[4]

Protested Against Israeli Attacks[edit]

On December 28, 2008, Kuwaiti lawmakers Mikhled Al-Azmi, Musallam Al-Barrak, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Jaaman Al-Harbash, Ahmad Al-Mulaifi, Mohammad Hayef Al-Mutairi, Ahmad Al-Saadoun, Nasser Al-Sane, and Waleed Al-Tabtabaie protested in front of the National Assembly building against the attacks by Israel on Gaza. Protesters burned Israeli flags, waved banners reading, "No to hunger, no to submission" and chanted "Allahu Akbar". Israel launched air strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on December 26 after a six-month ceasefire ended on December 18.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Al-Adasani
Speaker of Kuwait National Assembly
1985–1999
Succeeded by
Jassem Al-Kharafi
Preceded by
Jassem Al-Kharafi
Speaker of Kuwait National Assembly
2012−present
Succeeded by
Incumbent