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.

Kuwait National Assembly

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