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Nov 4, 2012

Sunday protests planned in Kuwait despite government warning

KUWAIT (Reuters) – The opposition in Kuwait will press ahead with a march on Sunday to protest against new voting rules despite the government warning 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 police could use force if the authorities felt the Gulf Arab state was under serious threat.

Nov 1, 2012

Kuwait grants bail to ex-MP accused of insulting emir

KUWAIT, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Kuwaiti authorities freed a
prominent opposition politician on bail on Thursday after
charging him with insulting the ruling emir, accusations which
his lawyer said were fabricated.

Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of
parliament, was picked up from his home on Monday night, two
weeks after a protest rally where he appealed to the emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to avoid “autocratic rule”.

Oct 18, 2012

Kuwait’s ruling family calls for obedience to the emir

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s ruling Al-Sabah family issued a rare statement on Thursday calling for obedience to the emir after a series of opposition gatherings and a large rally earlier this week.

The Gulf oil producer has seen regular demonstrations since last year, stemming from a struggle between the government dominated by the ruling family and mainly Islamist and tribal lawmakers in parliament.

Oct 18, 2012

Kuwaiti opposition politicians arrested after rally

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti authorities arrested two opposition politicians on Thursday and interrogated a third after they made comments seen as criticizing the country’s ruler, an interior ministry official said.

The former members of parliament spoke at an opposition-led rally of about 5,000 people on Monday where Kuwaitis later clashed with riot police.

Oct 11, 2012

Ruler of cash-strapped Morocco plans Gulf Arab tour

KUWAIT/RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed is to make a rare official tour of Gulf Arab countries later this year as his cash-strapped government seeks alternatives to its crisis-hit European trade partners.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah told Reuters the monarch would discuss investment and bilateral relations. “He is going on a tour in the Gulf countries,” said Jarallah, noting that the king was expected to visit Kuwait in October or November.

Oct 11, 2012

Kuwaiti lender NBK criticises lack of govt spending

KUWAIT, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Kuwait needs to step up spending
on infrastructure to boost economic growth, the head of its
largest bank said on Thursday, in unusually critical comments
for a Gulf business leader.

“Government spending continues to be insufficient and the
tendering of new projects has significantly lagged leading to a
stagnant stock market performance and dormancy in economic
activity,” Group Chief Executive Officer, Ibrahim Dabdoub said
in a statement announcing National Bank of Kuwait’s
(NBK) third-quarter results.

Oct 10, 2012

Marriage loses its sparkle in Kuwait

KUWAIT (Reuters) – In a luxury hotel suite, away from prying eyes, twenty Kuwaiti female guests at a traditional wedding party segregated by the sexes watch the men via a video link.

The women snap pictures of the festivities on their cell phones and swap stories about how they met their husbands and their views on marriage. The contrasts between young and old in the conversation expose a shift in society that has the government worried.

Oct 7, 2012

Kuwait’s ruler dissolves parliament, elections loom

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s ruler ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday, a senior government minister said, opening the way to a parliamentary election in the major oil-producing Gulf Arab state after months of political deadlock.

The emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, had been widely expected to take the decision following a cabinet request to dissolve the assembly. Elections now need to be held within 60 days under constitutional rules.

Oct 4, 2012

For Kuwait’s next ruler, family peace most urgent priority

KUWAIT (Reuters) – When Kuwait’s next ruler takes power he will need to reassure competing factions in the Al-Sabah dynasty that he is protecting their interests and maintaining stability, making progress toward democratic reforms unlikely, at least at the beginning.

Current ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 83, has resisted opposition demands for more policy-making authority in an increasingly assertive parliament, which he has dissolved several times.

Oct 4, 2012

Analysis: For Kuwait’s next ruler, family peace most urgent priority

KUWAIT (Reuters) – When Kuwait’s next ruler takes power he will need to reassure competing factions in the Al-Sabah dynasty that he is protecting their interests and maintaining stability, making progress toward democratic reforms unlikely, at least at the beginning.

Current ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 83, has resisted opposition demands for more policy-making authority in an increasingly assertive parliament, which he has dissolved several times.

    • 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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      2006
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