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Against the backdrop of the general election campaign, there are a number of potential flashpoints in Kuwait. Several issues surround suggested reforms to the voting system; while further changes are now unlikely before election day, the issues are likely to remain on the agenda once the new National Assembly (parliament) is formed.

Kuwait
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Incoming Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has taken up the reins of Kuwait’s government but is not expected to last long in office, with elections for a new National Assembly (parliament) due in the coming weeks.

Kuwait
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The Kuwait Investment Authority’s London office has seen another senior departure, following a period of bruising court cases in which it has been accused of a cynical approach to employment cases

Kuwait
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Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah has taken up the reins of Kuwait’s government but is not expected to last long in office, with elections for a new National Assembly now likely to take place in September. Ahead of that, there is likely to be heated debate over possible electoral reforms

Kuwait
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Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah is Kuwait’s sixth prime minister in less than two decades and may prove to be one of the shorter-serving PMs, if speculation that he will step down following upcoming National Assembly (parliament) elections proves accurate.

Kuwait
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Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah takes over as Kuwait’s sixth prime minister in two decades, but he is widely expected to relinquish the position as soon as new parliamentary elections can be held in the coming months, leaving Kuwaitis none the wiser about the future direction of government policy.

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The UAE and Kuwait will soon be sending ambassadors back to Tehran, for the first time since early 2016.

Iran | Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Kuwait is spending an estimated $397m on advanced weaponry for its controversial Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets.

Kuwait
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Oil and gas markets are expected to remain buoyant, whether or not Saudi Arabia makes concessions to the United States and Europe by pumping more crude. Ahead of a crucial early-August meeting of Opec+ ministers, the signs are that the Saudi-Russian axis will hold, but the market is restructuring with China and other Asian buyers taking more from Russia while the Gulf sends more to Europe.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq
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US President Joe Biden’s imminent trip to the Middle East has prompted renewed discussion about the idea of a region-wide defence pact to counter Iran. Such ideas have long been floated for the GCC states alone – and always failed due to a lack of commitment among the six countries to pool their defence resources and command-and-control structures. The talk these days is of an even wider arrangement, involving the likes of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Israel.

Israel | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) secretary-general Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo fell victim to a heart attack in his native Nigeria on 5 July, shortly before he was due to leave the post he had held with some skill and grace for six years. Veteran Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and government official Haitham Al-Ghais is scheduled take over as secretary-general in Vienna on 1 August.

Kuwait
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Kuwait's Crown Prince Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has continued to field calls from regional leaders enquiring after his well-being, following a recent health scare.

Kuwait
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Leaders from across the Arab Gulf states and Egypt have been travelling around the region to heal fractures and head off the perceived threat from Iran’s nuclear ambitions, amid speculation that more GCC member states could move towards normalisation with Israel when US President Joe Biden comes to the region.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Jordan | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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Kuwait may be heading for its fifth general election in ten years, after Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah said the National Assembly (parliament) would be dissolved. The authorities are hoping a fresh vote will break the political logjam the country has found itself in since early April.

Kuwait
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Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council chairman Rashad Al-Alimi has also been on a regional tour - visiting Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - as a recently-extended truce with the Houthi rebels continues to hold.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Yemen | Qatar