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Yearbook 2011

Kuwait. According to Countryaah official site, the Arab Spring experienced repercussions in Kuwait in the form of demonstrations and a government crisis. Protesters in poor parts of Kuwait City demanded reforms in February and were supported by several opposition groups in the relatively influential parliament. The government responded with stricter legislation to "acts that jeopardize national unity".

2011 Kuwait

Opposition MPs accused Prime Minister Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah of retaining power by bribing support from 15 parliamentarians. The opposition, both inside and outside Parliament, stormed Parliament on November 16, demanding that Nasser be held accountable. On November 28, Nasser and his government resigned. The Emir, Sabah al-Ahmad as-Sabah, appointed another member of the ruling Sabah family, Defense Minister Jabir Mubarak al-Hamad as-Sabah, as new prime minister and asked him to form government. A week later, the emir disbanded Parliament. A new parliament would be elected after the turn of the year.

Among the opposition protesters there were many representatives of the country's bidunas, a minority that partly originates from the region's nomadic Bedouins and where there are also many descendants of immigrants from Iraq and other neighboring countries. The Bidunas, estimated at at least 100,000 in Kuwait, demanded above all citizenship, something the country's migration agency announced in June that they could be granted under certain conditions.

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