Kuwait. In the recent parliamentary elections on 16 May,
women were elected for the first time. Former Health
Minister Masuma al-Mubarak, women's rights activist Rula
Dashti and the two professors Aseel al-Awadhi and Salwa
al-Jassar were each given their mandate. Islamist groups
lost eight seats and remained at 16, but still had great
influence as they allied themselves with clan-based members.
The Shiite members increased from five to nine.
countryaah, the background to the recent election was the power
struggle between the government and parliament that has been
going on since 2008. Prime Minister Nasser Muhammad al-Ahmad
al-Sabah, and his government had resigned on March 16 to
escape the opposition's plans to inquire al-Sabah in
parliament, among other things. his economic policy. The
Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir as-Sabah, had then
dissolved parliament and announced new elections. In
anticipation of this, the government continued to rule as an
expedition minister, pushing through an economic stimulus
package worth US $ 5.15 billion. The package's loan
guarantees and other measures aimed to help banks and other
financial institutions through the ongoing global financial
crisis. After the election, the Emir re-elected al-Sabah at
the Prime Minister's post.
Six members of a terrorist group with links to the
al-Qaeda network were reported in August to have been
arrested, accused of planning attacks on, among other
things, the Kuwaiti Security Service headquarters and the US
base Arifran south of Kuwait City, where 15,000 US troops
37 women and six children were killed when a party tent
caught fire at a wedding party in the city of al-Jahra on
August 15. The groom's ex-wife reportedly admitted that she
brought the fire.