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Nov 14, 2012

Rich but backward: politics, oil poison Kuwait economy

KUWAIT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – To gauge the impact of Kuwait’s
political deadlock on its economy, access the Internet with a
fixed-line broadband connection. The line is slow, very slow -
half the speed of a connection in other wealthy Gulf Arab
states, according to a senior telecommunications executive.

The Ministry of Communications owns and operates the
country’s fixed-line infrastructure, with the four major
Internet service providers paying the government to use it.

Nov 14, 2012

Kuwait voting row mushrooms into broader debate over power

KUWAIT (Reuters) – What started as a dispute over voting rules in Kuwait has mushroomed into a debate about the balance of power between the emir and parliament, with implications for other Gulf dynasties facing reform pressure since the Arab Spring.

Thousands of Kuwaitis have regularly taken to the streets since late October to protest at Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah’s decision to amend the electoral law before a parliamentary election on December 1.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest against voting changes

KUWAIT, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful
opposition-led rally against new voting rules.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered
by Kuwait’s ruler last month ahead of a poll on Dec. 1, have led
to clashes between protesters and police as marches spread out
of the areas usually designated for rallies.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest voting rules ahead of December 1 poll

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful opposition-led rally against new voting rules ahead of elections on December 1.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered by Kuwait’s ruler last month, have led to clashes between protesters and police as marches spread out of the areas usually designated for rallies.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest voting rules ahead of Dec.1 poll

KUWAIT, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful
opposition-led rally against new voting rules ahead of elections
on Dec. 1.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered
by Kuwait’s ruler last month, have led to clashes between
protesters and police as marches spread out of the areas usually
designated for rallies.

Nov 7, 2012

Kuwait opposition to stage joint demonstration Sunday

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti opposition groups plan to stage a joint demonstration on Sunday against new voting rules as a standoff with the government intensifies ahead of an election on December 1.

While opposition groups say the rules are a bid to skew the election, the government, so far spared the mass uprising seen in Arab Spring movements elsewhere, has made clear its determination to stop street protests spilling over into unrest.

Nov 5, 2012

Kuwait takes hard line on unauthorised protests

KUWAIT, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s government has made clear
it is willing and able to suppress unauthorised street protests,
saying it must protect public safety, but risks provoking worse
popular unrest by taking a hard line.

Police fired tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse thousands
of Kuwaitis protesting over new voting rules late on Sunday.
Last month a prominent opposition figure was arrested after
speaking at a protest rally where he appealed to the emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to avoid “autocratic rule”.

Nov 4, 2012

Kuwaiti security forces teargas opposition protest

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti security forces fired tear gas to disperse a banned demonstration on Sunday by about 2,000 opposition supporters against new voting rules for parliamentary elections on December 1.

OPEC member and U.S. ally Kuwait has so far avoided the mass pro-democracy unrest that has toppled rulers in four other Arab countries since last year, but tension has mounted this year in a long-running power struggle between parliament and the government which is dominated by the ruling Al-Sabah family.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests set in Kuwait despite govt warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest at new voting rules ahead of parliamentary elections, despite a government warning that it will not tolerate unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not authorised any protests and the prime minister warned that police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests set in Kuwait despite government warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest at new voting rules ahead of parliamentary elections, despite a government warning that it will not tolerate unsanctioned demonstrations, an activist said.

The OPEC member and U.S. ally said on Saturday it had not authorized any protests and the prime minister warned that police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

    • 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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