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Kuwait’s elite prepares for succession with pardons and careful handling of parliament

Emir Sheikh Nawaf’s admission to hospital in late November has directed renewed attention on the succession process in Kuwait, where Crown Prince Mishaal has been in de facto control for the past two years and now appears to be taking steps to ensure some of the more contentious political issues are resolved before he takes the top job.

Issue 1182 - 08 December 2023

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Iraq’s Supreme Court could become another dividing line in a fracturing state

The decision by Iraq’s Federal Supreme Court to remove Mohammed Rikan Hadid Al-Halbousi from his position as speaker of the Council of Representatives (parliament) could undermine the court’s standing and increase the likelihood that it will turn it into another political battleground.

Issue 1182 - 06 December 2023

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