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Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah has rejected a draft bill passed by parliament that would have made blasphemy punishable by a maximum penalty of death (GSN 924/5). The bill will now be passed back to parliament, and will require a two thirds majority to override the Emir’s objection.

Kuwait
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Kuwait plunged further into political crisis on 20 June, as the constitutional court ruled February’s election void and said the previous assembly should be restored. A brief statement by state news agency Kuna said “[the] court rules ‘unconstitutional’ the call for the 2012 elections and restores [the] previous assembly”.

Kuwait
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The announcement on 20 June that the February election in Kuwait was unconstitutional was an unexpected twist in a political drama already thick with confrontations, resignations and involuntary vacations.

Kuwait
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A 26-year-old man accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed on Twitter appeared in court on 21 May, where he pleaded not guilty to charges which have proved highly divisive in Kuwait. Hamad Al Naqi, a Shiite, has been in prison since he was arrested in March for insulting religious figures and the Sunni rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Detractors have called for him to be executed (GSN 922/16).

Kuwait
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A controversial MP has been banned from attending parliament after being accused of drunkenness, spitting at a fellow MP, making vulgar gestures and verbally insulting him

Kuwait
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CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: Korea visit; PM JABER: Visit from Tony Blair; SULTAN QABOOS: Holiday; EMIR SHEIKH HAMAD: Meetings

Kuwait | Bahrain | Oman | Qatar
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Kuwait, like many Gulf states, has been grappling with how best to deal with sociAl networking sites such as Twitter, which have given wings to dissent that in the past would not have left the realms of private conversation.

Kuwait
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Kuwait, like many Gulf states, has been grappling with how best to deal with sociAl networking sites such as Twitter, which have given wings to dissent that in the past would not have left the realms of private conversation.

Kuwait
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AHMED AL FAHD: Olympic position; SHEIKH SULTAN AL QASIMI: Book Launch

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 922 - 27 April 2012

DynCorp renews Kuwait contract

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The US Army has renewed a contract with DynCorp International to provide support to the Kuwait Air Force’s AH-64D Apache helicopter maintenance programme for 16 AH-64D Apache Block II aircraft. The fixed-price contract has one base year with four, one-year options and a total contract value of $25.4m if all options are exercised, DynCorp said in a statement. The new contract will take over in July from an old one, signed in 2008 and worth $18.3m, a spokeswoman for the company said (GSN 841/7).

Kuwait
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The cabinet has approved a draft law to privatise Kuwait Airways – amending original plans to offer a 40% stake to the public with a new plan to give 40% to Kuwaiti citizens instead. Parliament initially approved privatisation plans in 2008, but they were delayed by restructuring at the troubled corporation (GSN 824/23, 826/3, 839/3).

Kuwait
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Prime minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah became the first Kuwaiti premier to be ‘grilled’ in public on 28 March, as parliament submitted him to five hours of questions and debate.

Kuwait
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It has been two years since the Gulf Monetary Council (GMC) – central to the plan for a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) monetary union – was established on 27 March 2010, and well over a decade since the project to introduce a Gulf common currency began. In recent months, a few small steps have been taken by the four Gulf states still on board: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. But global economic woes, regional political uncertainties and fundamental questions about the plan’s economic viability leave the prospects of Gulf monetary integration remote.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 921 - 06 April 2012

Kuwait names central bank governor

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Kuwait has named 37-year-old Mohammad Yusif Al-Hashel as governor of the Central Bank of Kuwait. Hashel has been acting governor since Salem Abdulaziz Al-Sabah – who had been in the position for 25 years – resigned on 13 February, apparently because of objections to a rapid rise in government spending (GSN 918/8).

Kuwait
Issue 918 - 22 March 2012

Technip to build pipeline

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France’s Technip has won a Kuwait Gulf Oil Company contract to build a 110km pipeline between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, both onshore and offshore.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia