ROYAL PREROGATIVE: Kuwait Emir dissolves parliament in bid to satisfy Islamic Opposition


ROYAL PREROGATIVE: Kuwait Emir dissolves parliament in bid to satisfy Islamic Opposition
by Darius Kadivar

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has dissolved the country's parliament, paving the way for snap elections, according to state media. The dissolution and new elections have been a major demand of the Islamist-led opposition.(Source:

Kuwait at a glance:

·      Politics: The elected parliament has often clashed with the ruling family; the country has faced violence from militant Islamists

·       Economy: Kuwait is one of the world's leading oil producers

·       International: Kuwait was invaded and occupied by Iraq in 1990; it served as a springboard for the invasion of Iraq in 2003

For More On Kuwait See Country’s Profile








Kuwaitis Familiar With Government Turmoil (GallupNews on Mar 21, 2008):

Kuwait's parliament has been dissolved for the second time in less than two years. But one month after the last dissolution, 80% of Kuwaitis still expressed confidence in their government.

Protesters storm Kuwaiti parliament ( on Nov 16, 2011):

Dozens of Kuwaitis demanding the prime minister's resignation have briefly stormed parliamentary buildings as hundreds demonstrated outside. The protesters had earlier on Wednesday marched to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah's home to demand his resignation, an opposition MP said, but police used batons to prevent them. Al Jazeera's Will Jordan reports.






Kuwait Important Part Of US Middle East Stability Plan :

US military presence in Kuwait extended (Al Jazeera Jun 19, 2012):

The United States is planning to extend its military presence in Gulf state of Kuwait. 
According to the latest Congress report, 15,000 US troops are already stationed in the tiny Gulf country.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from the Pentagon, Washington DC.







Inside Story: Tensions in
the Gulf (AlJazeeraEnglish on Apr 6, 2011) :

Internal unrest
 through the Arabian gulf.
 But the country being painted as the
aggressor is just 300 kilometres across the famous stretch of water -
 The unrest is being billed as one between the Gulf Co operation 
Council (GCC) nations and their Persian neighbour.
The foreign ministers of
the six nations - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United
 Arab Emirates recently met in Riyadh. They released a statement criticising
 what they called Iran's blatant interference in internal affairs,
 particularly in Bahrain and Kuwait.
 This comes after Iran's
objection to Saudi Arabia sending in troops to Bahrain during the uprising
 In return, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday
the GCC statement was issued under the pressure of the US government and its

 This episode of Inside Story discusses what 'Iranian meddling' may or 
may not amount to, and just what the GCC and indeed Iran are achieving by
 ratcheting up the rhetoric at this time.

 Inside Story, with presenter Kamahl
 Santamaria, discusses with guests: Hussein Shobokshi, a columnist for Asharq
 Alaw-sat newspaper; Ghanbar Naderi, a political commentator and jounalist; and
 Fahad Shulemi, a security analyst and a former colonel in the Kuwaiti army. 
 episode of Inside Story aired from Tuesday, April 5, 2011.







Kuwait Emir al-Sabah dissolves parliament (bbc)


Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has dissolved the country's parliament, paving the way for snap elections, according to state media.

The dissolution and new elections have been a major demand of the Islamist-led opposition.

In June the Constitutional Court annulled February's poll, which saw major gains for the opposition, and dissolved the new parliament.

Sunday's dissolution was the fifth since 2006.

Kuwait's parliament has not met for several months because of an opposition boycott.

It has the most powers of any elected body in the Gulf, and opposition MPs openly criticise the ruling Sabah family.

But the Sabahs retains full control over key government and executive posts.

The latest move comes despite another decision by the court two weeks ago which prevents the government from changing election boundaries.

The opposition said the change in law would have allowed the government to alter the boundaries to its advantage ahead of fresh elections, but the government said the court action was to safeguard the outcome from possible legal challenges.

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