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Jul 27, 2013

Tired of short-lived parliaments, Kuwaitis vote – again

KUWAIT (Reuters) – A boycott by some opposition Islamists and populist politicians may help liberals and independents in Kuwait’s election on Saturday, but there are signs voters are flagging as they go to the polls for the sixth time in seven years.

Turnout is expected to be low in sweltering summer temperatures during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and as Kuwaitis become disillusioned with voting in short-lived parliaments.

Jul 26, 2013

Tired of revolving door parliaments, Kuwaitis vote, again

KUWAIT (Reuters) – A boycott by some opposition Islamists may help liberals and independents in Kuwait’s election on Saturday, but there are signs that voters are flagging as they go to the polls for the sixth time in seven years.

Turnout is expected to be low in sweltering summer temperatures during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and as Kuwaitis become more disillusioned with voting in short-lived parliaments.

Jul 25, 2013

Kuwait’s ruling emir puts diplomacy first

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Hours after Qatar’s emir abdicated in favor of his son, Kuwait’s ruler jumped on a plane to Doha to embrace the new young emir in person rather than sending a congratulatory cable as other Gulf Arab leaders did.

The direct diplomatic gesture was a classic move for Kuwait’s 84-year-old hereditary emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Jul 25, 2013

Kuwait protest movement shifts focus ahead of election

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Late last year 25-year-old Kuwaiti activist Mohammad Qasem was taking part in mass protests against changes to the voting system almost every week ahead of a parliamentary election.

Eight months on, the Gulf Arab state is holding another election using the new rules after its top court threw out legal challenges against them, ruled that the last election was legally flawed and ordered a new poll.

Jun 26, 2013

Insight: Kuwaitis campaign privately to arm Syrian rebels

KUWAIT (Reuters) – At a traditional evening meeting known as a “diwaniya”, Kuwaiti men drop banknotes into a box, opening a campaign to arm up to 12,000 anti-government fighters in Syria. A new Mercedes is parked outside to be auctioned off for cash.

They are Sunni Muslim and mainly Islamist like many Syrian rebels who have been trying for two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect that is a branch of Shi’ite Islam.

Jun 26, 2013

U.S. says Israeli, Palestinian leaders want peace talks

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but he acknowledged that progress on the long-stalled negotiations would be tough.

Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in late 2010 in a dispute over construction of Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land that Palestinians want as part of their future state.

Jun 26, 2013

Kuwaitis campaign privately to arm Syrian rebels

KUWAIT (Reuters) – At a traditional evening meeting known as a “diwaniya”, Kuwaiti men drop banknotes into a box, opening a campaign to arm up to 12,000 anti-government fighters in Syria. A new Mercedes is parked outside to be auctioned off for cash.

They are Sunni Muslim and mainly Islamist like many Syrian rebels who have been trying for two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect, a branch of Shi’ite Islam. Shi’ites are also a minority in Kuwait.

Jun 20, 2013

Kuwait sets sixth parliamentary election in seven years

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait will hold its sixth parliamentary election in seven years on July 25, a snap vote ordered by its top court after the current assembly was dissolved earlier this week in another sign of political turmoil in the Gulf Arab state.

Almost constant factional infighting and disarray has stalled infrastructure development and held up economic reforms in Kuwait, an important oil producer and U.S. ally.

Jun 16, 2013

Kuwait court dissolves parliament, orders new vote

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s constitutional court dissolved parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections under a voting system rejected by the opposition, a move that could bring more volatility to a Gulf Arab state hit by extraordinary street protests last year.

Kuwait’s ruler made a televised plea for citizens to accept the changes to the voting rules, asking them to reject “the voices of chaos”.

Jun 16, 2013

Kuwait court orders dissolution of parliament, new elections

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s top court ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections, a ruling likely to herald fresh political volatility in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.

The Constitutional Court made its ruling after throwing out opposition challenges to changes to the electoral system decreed by the emir, hereditary ruler of the oil-exporting country, head judge Youssef al-Mutawa told reporters.

    • 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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