Kuwait Emir Mishaal

Kuwait’s Emir Mishaal sidelines parliament and grabs levels of power, vowing reform


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Issue 1187 - 19 May 2024 | 9 minute read

Emir Sheikh Mishaal’s announcement suspending the National Assembly for up to four years is an effort to break the gridlock between the elected chamber and the appointed government that has stymied change for so many years, but critics fear a new period of repression – and some are planning to flee Kuwait. Whether Mishaal can ‘correct the path’ or will be forced to back down may depend on internal dynamics within the ruling Al-Sabah family.

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