Kuwait

  • Another Election “Crisis” in Kuwait

    Kuwait has more experience with elections than any other country in the Gulf and more than most countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  Its tiny population of eligible voters (currently around 400,000) has been going to the polls since 1975, and the number of crises involving the ruling al-Sabah family and the 50 elected members of the Kuwaiti parliament easily equals the number of elections.  Despite an up-tic in public demonstrations in Kuwait, the notion that the Arab spring suddenly found its way to Kuwait this year or last does not withstand the most casual analysis; Kuwait’s continuing political crisis has various uniquely Kuwaiti characteristics.  Here are a few things to watch for in the aftermath of the December 1 elections.
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