Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

KUwait- Opposition launches reform program  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 13/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Arab Times) Kuwait's opposition called Saturday for broad democratic reforms including a Western-style party system to limit the powers of the emirate's ruling family. The call came in a "national political reform programme," launched by the Opposition Coalition in Kuwait where political parties are banned

The coalition groups almost all opposition political groups, including Islamists, liberals and nationalists as well as trade and student unions, youth activists and civil society groups. The programme proposes fundamental political, constitutional and legislative reforms to achieve a multi-party system and prevent members of the Al-Sabah family, in power for over 250 years, from leading the government

All governments since 1962, when Kuwait's constitution was issued, have been led by a senior figure from the Al-Sabah family, whose members have also always occupied the key ministries of interior, defence and foreign affairs

The reforms call for amending 36 provisions of the 183-article constitution to restrict the wide powers held by His Highness the Amir through a unique combination of presidential and parliamentary systems. "We want to end the faulty confuson between the presidential and parliamentary systems," said the reform document released by Opposition Coalition coordinator and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak at a press conference. The programme requires His Highness the Amir to invite the winning party leader of an election to form the cabinet, limiting his prerogatives under the current system and rationaling his right to dissolve parliament

The programme also calls for the legalisation of political parties and for massive legislative reforms by amending and introducing 20 key laws focused on corruption, accountability and public freedoms. Barrak stressed the opposition would seek peaceful methods to promote its reform programme. including through rallies and gatherings. The opposition held massive street protests in 2011 and 2012 but the size and intensity of its gatherings have drastically waned. OPEC member Kuwait, which produces around three million barrels of oil per day, has been rocked by political disputes since mid-2006, with a dozen governments formed and parliament dissolved six times. But the country, which has amassed over 400 billion in assets, has seen relative calm since July parliamentary polls boycotted by the opposition


Arab Times

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 28 2016 - Egypt, Poland 2016 trade exchange to reach USD600mnMENAFN
(MENAFN) The volume of trade between Egypt and Poland is predicted to reach USD600mn by the end of this year.Furthermore, trade exchange increased by 3 percent to surpass more than USD350mn amid the ...

 Oct 28 2016 - UAE, Oman ink transport agreementMENAFN
(MENAFN) The UAE and Oman signed an international road transport of passengers and goods deal.Moreover, the deal aims to enhance cooperation in this field for the benefit of the two fraternal peoples ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Viva Kuwait Q3 revenue down by 14pctMENAFN
(MENAFN) Viva Kuwait recorded a 14 percent decline in Q3 net profit, as the impact of lower oil prices on the Kuwaiti economy dragged on revenue generation.Moreover, the Saudi Telecom Co. subsidiary ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Qatar- Labour Minister elected Chairman of ALO boardGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The 85th session of the Arab Labour Organisation (ALO), which began its meetings in Doha yesterday, has elected HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Qatar- PM meets ALO officialGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani met a senior Arab Labour Organisation (ALO) official who is currently visiting ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Qatar- Host of activities at 'Family Fun Fridays' todayGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The ‘Family Fun Fridays"; series continues today at The Pearl-Qatar. Organised by United Development Company (UDC), master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, today";s ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Bangladesh envoy hosts Asian ambassadors' dinnerGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Bangladesh";s ambassador to Qatar, Ashud Ahmed, and his wife recently hosted an Asian Ambassadors"; Group Dinner in Doha. The event was attended by the ambassadors of different ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Apple Fest begins at LuLu outletsGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Apple Fest was launched at all LuLu Hypermarket outlets in Qatar yesterday. The week-long festival features more than 20 varieties of apple from Spain, France, Italy, New ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Qatar- 28 trucks seized in crackdownGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) In a crackdown on overloaded and uncovered trucks, Al Khor and Al Thakhira Municipality has seized 28 such vehicles from the Umm Al Baraka area, the Ministry of Municipality and ...

 Oct 28 2016 - Qatar National Day Barwa Sports Championship setGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The Barwa Group, in association with the Qatar National Day Celebrations Associated Activities Organising Committee, will hold sports competitions at the Barwa Workers ...





Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help