Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

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Oct. 18: Two opposition MPs were arrested for their participation in rallies related to the country's electoral process. The arrests followed another protest in which former MP Musallam al-Barak directly criticized the emir's autocratic rule. Following the most recent protest, the crown prince issued a rare statement calling for obedience to the emir. [Reuters, 10/18]

Nov. 11: Thousands of protesters gathered peacefully in the square before Kuwait's parliament building to speak out against the changes Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah made to Kuwaiti voting rules. The opposition-led protest argued that the new rules would make it easier to buy votes, and that it would be harder for candidates to form alliances with one another, a tradition in Kuwait because the law forbade political parties. [Reuters, 11/11]

Nov. 18: Kuwait's public prosecution ordered a ten-day detention for four of seven Kuwaiti protesters arrested for posting tweets deemed offensive to Emir Shaykh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah, following the release of the remaining three on bail. The Kuwaiti constitution's ban on criticism of the emir also led to the arrest of two members of the royal family last week. [Daily Star, 11/18]

Dec. 1: Kuwait held its second parliamentary election one day after the largest protest in Kuwait's history, in which protesters urged citizens to boycott the vote. …

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