Chronology: Kuwait

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See also Lebanon, Saudi Arabia

May 1: Kuwaiti police dispersed a protest of around 200 stateless Arabs in Kuwait City's outskirts who called on the emir to grant them citizenship. Around 180,000 such people lived in Kuwait but were denied citizenship and welfare benefits because of strict nationality laws. [Reuters, 5/2]

June 18: Kuwait's emir Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah suspended Parliament for a one-month period to allow time for talks to defuse tensions between the cabinet and Parliament. [Al-Arabiya, 6/18]

June 21: Kuwait's highest court annulled the February 2011 parliamentary election results that brought to power the current opposition-and Islamist-dominated parliament, reinstating Kuwait's former parliament. More than half of the reinstated MPs resigned in protest. Some investors, on the other hand, noted that the court's ruling was a positive step toward disentangling a protracted fight between parliament and the cabinet which had held up plans for economic development. [Reuters, 6/21]

June 25: Kuwait's cabinet submitted its resignation to Emir Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah. This resignation came days after a top court annulled the results of a February 2012 parliamentary election and called for the election of a new parliament. [GN, 6/25]

June 26: Thousands of Kuwaitis packed Erada Square to protest the dissolution of a parliament dominated mainly by opposition Islamists and the reinstatement of the former parliament. …