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Nov 30, 2012

Kuwaitis vote in poll hit by opposition boycott, protests

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait holds a parliamentary election on Saturday overshadowed by an opposition boycott, protests over a change to the voting rules and a festering political crisis in the U.S.-allied oil producer.

The election will be the second this year in the Gulf Arab state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed under the weight of a power struggle between elected MPs and the cabinet, appointed by the prime minister who is chosen by the emir.

Nov 30, 2012

Kuwaitis hold “largest ever” march to urge voter boycott

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched in Kuwait on Friday calling for a voter boycott, a day before a parliamentary election that looks unlikely to defuse tensions in the U.S.-allied, oil-producing Gulf country.

Organisers said the march was the largest ever in Kuwaiti history and a message to the authorities of deep discontent with changes to the voting system ordered by the ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, six weeks before the election.

Nov 30, 2012

Kuwaitis march to urge voter boycott

KUWAIT, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people
marched in Kuwait on Friday calling for a voter boycott, a day
before a parliamentary election that looks unlikely to defuse
tensions in the U.S.-allied, oil-producing Gulf country.

Political activists and opposition politicians, who have
already said they will not stand or vote in the election to
protest at a decree that changed voting rules in a way they say
will skew the outcome in favour of pro-government candidates.

Nov 30, 2012

Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis march to urge voter boycott

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people marched in Kuwait on Friday calling for a voter boycott, a day before a parliamentary election that looks unlikely to defuse tensions in the U.S.-allied, oil-producing Gulf country.

Political activists and opposition politicians, who have already said they will not stand in the election, called the rally to protest at a decree that changed voting rules. They say it will skew the outcome in favor of pro-government candidates.

Nov 29, 2012

Kuwait opposition demand vote boycott on eve of election

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Activists and opposition figures will march in Kuwait on Friday to urge voters to boycott the next day’s parliamentary election, dashing any hopes the poll could ease years of political tensions in the U.S. ally and major oil producer.

Opposition politicians, who have already said they will not stand, and campaigners called the rally to protest against a change in voting rules which they argue would skew the poll in favor of pro-government candidates.

Nov 28, 2012

Kuwait’s diplomat ruler faces political pressure

KUWAIT (Reuters) – He may be 83 years old, but Kuwait’s ruling emir remains a well-traveled diplomatic veteran robust enough to have propped up frail foreign leaders at a recent summit and to take center stage in the country’s latest political row.

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has faced opposition lawmakers keen to question a cabinet dominated by members of his family in a standoff that has blocked economic projects in the major Gulf Arab oil producer.

Nov 28, 2012

Unity top challenge for Kuwait’s opposition movement

KUWAIT, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A disparate collection of youth
activists, Islamists and populist politicians has achieved rare
unity in agreeing to boycott Kuwait parliamentary elections on
Dec. 1 but the real challenge to the loose coalition is still to
come.

Political loyalties are ill-defined and can change as often
as the parliament in Kuwait, which is holding its fifth election
since mid-2006. All it takes to be part of the “opposition” in a
country where political parties are banned is to show a
willingness to confront the government.

Nov 27, 2012

Kuwait to allow protest march on eve of election: PM

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Authorities will allow a protest march to go ahead the day before the December 1 parliamentary election in Kuwait, the Gulf Arab state’s prime minister said in a move designed to ease tensions ahead of the poll.

Thousands of people have staged regular demonstrations since late October against a decree issued by Kuwait’s ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, which reduced the number of votes allowed per citizen to one from four.

Nov 21, 2012

Kuwait ruler urges citizens to vote, not “wail” in protest

KUWAIT, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Kuwaitis should use the ballot
box to express their demands in a parliamentary election on Dec.
1 and not take to the streets “screaming and wailing” in
protest, the Gulf Arab country’s ruling emir said on Wednesday.

Thousands of people have staged regular demonstrations since
late October against Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah’s emergency
decree reducing the number of votes allowed per citizen from
four to one for the sake of Kuwait’s “security and stability”.

Nov 21, 2012

FEATURE: Pampered but restless, many young Kuwaitis want more

KUWAIT (Reuters) – They enjoy scholarships, secure jobs and generous salaries at a time when so many young people around the world have dim prospects and are underemployed. So why are thousands of young Kuwaitis so dissatisfied?

The answer, for Abdullah Ashkanani, who like more than half of Kuwaitis is under 25, is about fairness and the freedom to speak out.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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