Hussain al-Qallaf

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MP
Hussain Al Qallaf Al Bahrani
النائب حسين القلاف
Member of the National Assembly of Kuwait for The First District
Incumbent
Assumed office
1996
Majority 7274
Personal details
Born (1958-10-22) October 22, 1958 (age 55)
Nationality Kuwaiti
Religion Shia Islam
Website alqallaf.org

Hussain Ali Alsayyid Khalifa Hussain al-Qallaf (Arabic:حسين علي السيد خليفة حسين القلاف) is a member of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, representing the first district. Born in 1958, Al-Qallaf studied Sharia law before being elected to the National Assembly in 1996. While political parties are technically illegal in Kuwait, Al-Qallaf affiliates with the Shia deputies.[1]

Views[edit]

Criticism of Kuwaiti Minister of Education for not wearing the hijab[edit]

On June 18, 2008, Al-Qallaf criticized Education Minister Nouriya Al-Subaih for not wearing the hijab, telling the Arab Times, "It is difficult to comprehend the new Cabinet as it consists of ministers with opposing views, including two women who refused to comply with the dress code stipulated by the Constitution..."[2]

Opposition to 2008 government stock market bailout[edit]

Al-Qallaf criticized the government's October 2008 stock-market bailout, alleging that it short-changed small investors and reasoning that the bailout money would be better spent on social allowances for the masses.[3]

Opposition to parliament bill insuring all types of deposits in Kuwaiti banks[edit]

On October 28, 2008, the parliament voted 50-7 to insure all types of deposits in all local banks within Kuwait. Al-Qallaf opposed the bill, along with Jabir Al-Azmi, Daifallah Bouramiya, Mohammed Al-Obaid, Mohammed Hayef AlـMutairi, and Musallam AlـBarrak and Waleed AlـTabtabaie. Al-Qallaf accused the Cabinet of speeding up the bill's passage for the benefit of monetary tycoons.[4]

Opposition to Islamist no confidence vote to grill the prime minister[edit]

In November 2008, Waleed Al-Tabtabaie, Mohammed AlـMutair and Mohammed Hayef AlـMutairi filed a request to grill Prime Minister Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah for allowing prominent Iranian Shiite cleric Mohammad Baqir al-Fali to enter Kuwait despite a legal ban.[5] On November 20, 2008, Al-Qallaf criticized this move as political gamesmanship, telling AFP, "This is a grilling by proxy and is a reflection of the dispute within the ruling family ... Some [MPs] have made themselves available as tools for ruling family members." [6] In response to the grilling request, Al-Qallaf also called on the Emir to "suspend parliament and the constitution" in a bid to stop the political bickering.[7]

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