March 23, 1998 |
Kuwait formed a new government and included Sheik Saud al Sabah as oil minister, even though controversy surrounding his work as information minister had brought down the previous Cabinet. Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah returned as first deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Islamists in the parliament forced the previous Cabinet to resign this month in a dispute over the Information Ministry allowing the display of banned books.
March 16, 1998 |
The Cabinet resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote Tuesday against Information Minister Saud al Sabah, a member of the ruling Sabah family. Saud is at the center of a crisis between the government and Islamist lawmakers who were offended by the displaying of banned books, which they see as un-Islamic. Political sources expect the prime minister, Sheik Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, to conduct a Cabinet reshuffle that could bring back Saud in another ministry.
February 10, 1998 |
In this city, where memories of Iraqi rapes and executions remain vivid, these are anxious days: Television is offering advice on how to seal rooms from poison-gas attacks, stores are packed with families stockpiling water and other essentials, and desert camps are being set up to cope with an expected tide of war refugees.
September 30, 1996 |
On the illuminated boulevard that has been nicknamed "Democracy Street" in this oil emirate, Mohammed Rashed Hafaity is packing in the crowds at tent meetings every Tuesday and Saturday night. More than 1,000 men in white robes wait eagerly in the open air for more than an hour to hear this veterinarian turned politician and satirist--part Pat Paulsen, part Ross Perot.
June 27, 1995 |
Legislators snarl with sarcasm. Accusations abound of grandstanding to the voters. High-profile investigative committees uncover mismanagement in the executive branch and embarrass Cabinet members. Meanwhile, academics and an inquisitive press corps tut about gridlock and how the country's real problems remain unchallenged. Remind anyone of Washington or Sacramento?
April 10, 1993 |
The first order of business in this nation's new bastion of democracy was an angry protest from the emirate's powerful defense minister, a cousin of the ruling emir. Accusations from a member of the National Assembly that a high-ranking official of his ministry took $100 million in bribes on defense contracts were, to say the least, inappropriate, Sheik Ali al Salim al Sabah, the royally appointed defense minister, insisted early this week.