Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Kuwait

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Apr. 24: More than 700 Bangladeshi workers employed by a Kuwaiti cleaning company stormed their country's embassy in Kuwait, causing damage inside and injuring two Bangladeshi civilians. A spokesman for the protesters complained that they had not been paid for five months. [BBC, 4/24]

May 3: A bill granting Kuwaiti women the right to vote and run for office in municipal council elections failed to pass muster in the second round of parliamentary voting. Out of the 60 lawmakers who were present, 29 voted for the bill, while 29 conservative MPs abstained. Two members rejected the law. The bill was passed in principle by the Parliament on April 19. [GN, 5/3]

May 11: The Kuwaiti government drew up a list of charges against former Iraqi President Saddam Husayn that it hoped would be added to the charges brought for his trial in Iraq. The list of indictments included crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the use of armed force to invade Kuwait in 1990. Several hundred former Iraqi officials were also named in the charges. [BBC, 5/11]

May 16: The Kuwaiti Parliament approved a law giving women the right to vote and run for office in municipal and parliamentary elections. It was passed by 35 votes for and 23 against, with one abstention. The change in the law had previously been blocked by a majority of tribal and Islamist members of Parliament. [GN, 5/16]

June 2: Kuwait held its last all-male municipal council elections. Approximately 130,000 voters went to the polls to elect 10 municipal councilors, responsible for planning and public services. A total of 54 candidates contested the elections. [GN, 6/3]

June 5: The government of Kuwait named two women as members of its municipal council, for the first time in the history of the Gulf state. …

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