World Bulletin / News Desk
At least five protesters were arrested and several injured in Kuwait as police tried to break up an opposition protest late on Monday, witnesses said.
Authorities had asked opposition lawmakers to call off the demonstration over political reforms, but at least 5,000 people gathered in a square near parliament that has been the site of several anti-government protests since last year.
Although major oil producer Kuwait has not experienced the mass Arab Spring protests seen elsewhere across the region, tensions have escalated between an elected parliament and a cabinet chosen by the prime minister, who is appointed by the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Monday's protesters, who included opposition politicians and political activists, called on the emir to set a date for upcoming parliamentary elections. They have voiced concern that Kuwait may change its electoral law in a way that would favour pro-government candidates.
Witnesses at the protest, where riot police were deployed, said they saw five protestors arrested. Several people, including police, were injured when demonstrators clashed with police as they tried to spread into a barricaded street.
Security is tighter than usual in Kuwait as the country hosts Asian leaders for a summit. The palace appealed to opposition lawmakers earlier this week to call off the protest.
Sheikh Sabah ordered the dissolution of parliament last week after months of political deadlock. Under the constitution, elections need to be held within 60 days of dissolution.
Political tensions have held up development and economic reforms in Kuwait, one of the richest countries in the world per capita. The dissolution of parliament is the sixth since Sheikh Sabah came to power six years ago and there have been 10 cabinets.
Hamas hired more than 40,000 people after it seized Gaza in 2007 following deadly clashes with militants of Fatah, the party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
Qatar-based Islamic organization describes last week’s failed coup bid in Turkey as ‘haram’ act
Airstrikes target opposition-held parts of Aleppo and Idlib provinces
Group’s decision to take part in Palestinian municipal polls is aimed at breaking longstanding Gaza siege, experts say
Barrier will stretch from Palestinian town of Tarqumiyah to Israeli settlement area near Mitar military checkpoint
'Turkish people have shaped a historic day' says Muslim Brotherhood figure Abdullah El-Haddad
For third time in month, Israeli warplanes target Assad regime forces in Syria’s southwestern Quneitra province
Denial comes after photos of Bangladeshi nationals wearing security uniforms in Kuwait go viral on social media
More than 200 Palestinians have been killed after allegedly carrying out attacks or in clashes with Israeli forces since October
A coalition attack on the town of Manbij has killed at least 160 civilians
Israe's Knesset has passed contentious law that allows for the suspension of lawmakers with many saying that law is targeted clearly to Palestinian members of parliament
Inmates stage hunger strike to protest Palestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed’s placement in ‘administrative detention’
At least 100 people injured in the airstrikes carried out by int'l coalition planes in northern Syria
n 2015, Russian President lifted the ban on the missiles delivery to Iran
Some 154 trucks loaded with Turkish humanitarian aid have arrived in the Gaza Strip since July 3