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Canada and Italy set a bad example for Kuwait


Rodger Shanahan


8 December 2008 12:52

A government under pressure; desperate political manoeuvring involving the highest constitutional authority being invoked by the Prime Minister to stave off political embarrassment, if not humiliation; and a parliament effectively suspended until late January. While most political observers would associate this scenario with the political crisis in Canada, few would be aware that this could also serve as an accurate description of the situation in Kuwaiti politics over the last few weeks.

As this article points out, the prospect of an uncomfortable parliamentary grilling of the government by the Islamist bloc forced the prime minister to see discretion as the better part of political valour and seek the resignation of Cabinet before being reappointed as PM with an as-yet unnamed Cabinet. It is testimony to the robustness of Kuwait’s form of democracy that the fall of a government in the Middle East has been so unnewsworthy – although the fact that this is the fourth time the prime minister has resigned since his appointment in February 2006 may also be a factor.

Little wonder that there are some who see more similarities between Kuwaiti and Italian politics than between Kuwait and its Gulf neighbours.