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Kuwait: Government versus Parliament

The Kuwaiti government, led and appointed by the country's ruling family, is often at odds with the country’s elected parliament, the National Assembly. Tensions and disagreements – over issues ranging from government debt to corruption – have at times forced ministerial resignations, cabinet reshuffles and the dissolution of the legislature itself.

The differences have also stymied much-needed economic reforms.

Emir Sheikh Mishaal took the surprise decision on 10 May to suspend the National Assembly (parliament) for up to four years, saying he was taking this hard decision to rescue the country.”

Sources argue that Mishaal sees himself as an MBS-style ruler, while the muted initial public reaction suggests many Kuwaitis are preparing for a period of greater authoritarianism. GSN is following the issue closely.

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UAE: Sheikh Tahnoun's business interests

UAE national security advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (TBZ) has become the commercial leviathan of the UAE, with extensive business interests that make him a quietly dominant figure on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).

Tahnoun’s $1trn-plus investment empire, mixing private and public funds, is in full expansion mode. Investments by his main vehicle, Royal Group Holding, and its numerous offshoots cover a broad range of sectors. One recent focus has been artificial intelligence (AI), a sector with clear national security implications.

GSN has been following a rapid process of restructuring and reorganisation of this empire and the identities of those individuals who work most closely with him, including his powerful Bani Fatima brothers

GSN's coverage includes a series of organisation charts – covering Royal Group HoldingGroup 42, Q Holdings, Chimera Investments and 2PointZero – to help explain the links between these business interests.

 

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UAE: The 'Bani Fatima' brothers rise ever higher

The powerful ‘Bani Fatima’ grouping of late UAE founding president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan’s six sons by his most prominent wife, Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Kitbi, have concentrated increasing amounts of power and wealth into their branch of the Al-Nahyan family.

This process has accelerated since Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE.

GSN has profiled all the ‘Bani Fatima’ brothers MBZ, sheikhs Hamdan (ruler’s representative in Al-Dhafra region), Hazza (Abu Dhabi deputy ruler), Tahnoun (national security advisor and Abu Dhabi deputy ruler), Mansour (vice president, deputy prime minister and Presidential Court chairman) and Abdullah (foreign minister) – and closely follows their relationships and business interests.

Take a look at our ‘Bani Fatima influence chart and wider Al-Nahyan family influence chart and browse our coverage below.

 

Saudi Crown Prince MBS

Saudi Arabia: A kingdom made in MBS's image

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has embarked on a series of ambitious reforms to reshape the kingdom’s economy, society and international reputation. He has also overseen a push to get more international corporates to set up bases in the kingdom and has been the driving force behind giga-projects and the Public Investment Fund's investment spree.

However, critics point to unrealistically-high ambitions and zero tolerance of public dissent.

GSN has examined how King Salman Bin Abdelaziz’s years on the throne have seen MBS take an iron grip on the kingdom and concentrated power in King Salman’s immediate familyGSN's coverage includes a Bin Salman family tree and influence chart with links to profiles of MBS and other key members of the family.

 

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