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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 February 2019

Kuwait in 2011: Parliament dissolved after corruption claims

Kuwait ended the year in a state of all-too-familiar political limbo.
Protestors in the debate hall of the National Assembly at the parliament in Kuwait City in November.
Protestors in the debate hall of the National Assembly at the parliament in Kuwait City in November.

Kuwait ended the year in a state of all-too-familiar political limbo.

The emir, Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, dissolved parliament last month after months of political protest against alleged corruption that led to the resignation of the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmed Sabah.

It is the fourth time in five years parliament has been dissolved. Elections for a new parliament have been set for February 2.

A broad coalition ranging from Islamists to liberals has been pressing for reforms from the government, which critics have said ignores allegations of corruption.

In November, protesters stormed the parliament after a debate over allegations that government officials funnelled payoffs to bank accounts outside the country.

Tensions with Iraq continued in 2011 over Kuwait’s plans to build a port on Bubiyan Island, one of the largest islands in the Gulf.

Baghdad fears the move would strangle Iraq’s shipping channels and scuttle a planned Iraqi port project nearby

jlessware@thenational.ae

Updated: December 30, 2011 04:00 AM

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