Kuwait. Following the recent election to Parliament on
July 3, the government was forced to resign as its
supporters managed to win only 16 of Parliament's 50 seats.
The winner of the election became liberals and other
opposites. The Emir, Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad as-Sabah, had
dissolved the parliament and declared new elections after
the parliament had threatened with a distrust vote against
Justice and Islam Minister Ahmad Khalid al-Kulayb who was
blamed for errors in Quran produced by his Ministry. The
election was held a year and a half earlier than planned.
Countryaah official website, the Emir issued a decree in May that would give the
country's women the right to vote and the right to run for
office from the next parliamentary elections, 2003. But the
proposal was voted down by Parliament and the government in
November. Several liberals were said to have voted against
the bill because the emir's decree had been issued after
Parliament was dissolved.
The then government decided in January to reduce
government subsidies and raise prices for various types of
public service. More cuts were to be expected when the new
government's finance minister, Ahmad Abd Allah al-Ahmad
as-Sabah, was considered to be a strong advocate for
increased foreign investment and privatization.