Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

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May 15: Twenty-eight opposition members of Parliament walked out in protest against the government's move to thwart a bill that would reduce the number of constituencies in the country. Many MPs had supported a measure to reduce the number of constituencies from 25 to five, but the government submitted a bill changing the number to ten. Supporters of the opposition proposal said that if adopted, the reduction would curb vote buying and sectarian and tribal influence during elections. [GN, 5/16]

May 22: Amir Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah dissolved Parliament in response to the dispute over reducing Kuwait's electoral constituencies from 25 to five. Nineteen MPs invoked their constitutional right to question the government, forcing Kuwaiti Prime Minister Nasir Muhammad Al Sabah to appear, but the Amir dissolved Parliament before the session occurred. [AN, 5/22]

June 6: A female candidate in the June 29 Parliamentary elections, 'A'isha al-Rashid, held the first ever campaign rally by a female candidate for Parliament in Kuwait. AlRashid, a journalist, spoke to hundreds of attendees from her constituency and from the rest of Kuwait about the importance of amending Kuwaiti law to improve conditions and opportunities for women. [The Daily Star, 676]

June 29: Kuwait held its first Parliamentary elections that allowed women to vote and run for office. …

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