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Gulf gets to grips with the Biden era and the (apparent) end of Trump

Saudi Arabia has much to lose and Iran probably the most to gain from the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, but all governments will need to adjust their policy positions in key areas in the coming months – without alienating Donald Trump before he leaves office in January.

Issue 1114 - 12 November 2020


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First elections of the Nawaf era take place under a Covid cloud

Kuwait is preparing for legislative elections on 5 December in what is shaping into one of the most important polls in recent history. Candidate registration closed on 4 November, by when 395 individuals had put  themselves forward. That is significantly down from the last election in 2016, when 440 candidates signed up. Among the new crop are 33 women, the largest number of female contenders yet.

Issue 1114 - 12 November 2020



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