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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.

Nov 21, 2012

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.

Nov 21, 2012

Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank sees Islamic banking boom

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Islamic banking is growing at more than double the pace of conventional banking in Kuwait and strong demand is expected throughout the Arab region, the chairman of Boubyan Bank (BOUK.KW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday.

Credit volumes at Islamic banks in Kuwait reached 11.1 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($39.3 billion) in the first nine months of 2012, up 13.2 percent on last year, Boubyan Chairman and Managing Director Adel Abdul Wahab al-Majed told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit.

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.

    • 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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