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Kuwait, the Islamist opposition blocks the country, 100 thousand on the streets of the capital
Demonstrations to demand democratic reforms last two days and will continue throughout the week. The partial toll is 100 wounded and 15 policemen injured. The Interior Ministry accused of using foreign troops to stop the protesters. The revolt is the largest in the history of the country, the oldest parliamentary monarchy in the Persian Gulf.
(AsiaNews / Agencies) - The wrath of the opposition against the Kuwaiti
government shows no sign of calming. In
the last two days, the country has been overturned by the largest popular
protests in its history. Between
22 and 23 October more than 100 thousand people took to the streets of the
capital in protest against the government which responded by deploying police
and the army. Members
of the opposition have accused the Interior Ministry of using foreign troops to
attack the demonstrators and provoke clashes. The
partial toll is 100 injuries among the demonstrators and 11 policemen injured.
the opposition announced that the protests will continue indefinitely until the
government gives in to the demanded reforms to transform the country into a
by the Emir Sabah al - Sabah, Kuwait is the oldest monarchy in the Gulf. The Sabah
dynasty has been in power since the late '1700. The system of government is
parliamentary. The heir to the throne is also the prime
minister, but parliament can decide to remove him.
current crisis began last March after the victory of the Islamists in elections,
marking a historic achievement for the country which has always been close to
the positions of the western states. Fearing
the extremists, the Emir ruled the current electoral law unconstitutional. He
annulled the vote in March, proposing new elections for the 1st of December. In
recent months, however, the parliament and the Council of Ministers close to
the royal family have tried in every way to change the current electoral law,
providing the opposition a series of democratic reforms. The
vagueness of the government has led to the creation of a broad opposition to the
royal house which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, nationalist and reformist
democratic parties, which together have decided to boycott the elections in
December and call all the people to demonstrate. The
climate of contestation was further fuelled by the arrest of three opposition
MPs accused of undermining public safety of the Emirate.
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