Imprisoned Kuwaitis form political bloc demanding reforms
A group of Kuwaitis imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests have announced the formation of a new political bloc.
Kuwait's Democratic Party was launched this week by four Kuwaitis sentenced to prison in late November. At the time, an appeals court found 67 people guilty of a range of charges related to 2011 protests, sentencing them to between one and nine years in prison.
Lama al-Fadala, the sister of one of the group's founding members, told The Associated Press a key demand is that Kuwait allow the formation of political parties.
In a statement circulating on social media and confirmed by relatives, the Democratic Party says one of its objectives is to create a diverse bloc that represents Kuwaitis of different backgrounds who believe in reform and justice.