Kuwaitis protest: New political crisis on the horizon? Nov 08, 2019 0 78 12345 AFPKuwait CityA demonstration held outside the Kuwaiti parliament over alleged rampant corruption was reminiscent of past crises that have marred political life in the oil-rich Gulf state.The gathering on Wednesday night by hundreds of protesters, the first of its kind in the emirate for several months, comes at a time of mass demonstrations against graft in Lebanon and Iraq.Here is a look at the causes and possible impact. At the opening ceremony of the newly-elected parliament last week, pro-government speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem lashed out at what he said was gross exaggeration of the extent of corruption in Kuwait.He said there were attempts to show Kuwait as if it were “the capital of the corruption world and that all Kuwaitis are involved in corruption”.The provocative statement angered citizens and triggered the protest, said political analyst Ibrahim Dashti.“Citizens feel that corruption is widespread everywhere. We are the world’s richest country but still have no good roads, (public) education and health services have deteriorated,” Dashti told AFP.Kuwait ranks 78th on the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International -- the worst performance of any of the oil-rich Gulf states.The government-appointed Anti-Corruption Authority said last year it received 196 complaints regarding corruption cases but referred only 34 of them for investigation.Given the current mood across the region, commentators are watching to see if the Kuwait demonstrations escalate, and if so whether the government will be vulnerable.At Wednesday’s protest, unlike previous demonstrations, no political organisations were invited and no speeches made, making its impact difficult to assess.Kuwait witnessed large-scale demonstrations in late 2011, coinciding with the Arab Spring uprisings.Those rallies, led by opposition groups and lawmakers, were also focused on combatting corruption and pressing for political and constitutional reforms. The protests forced then prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a leading member of the ruling family, to step down. The emir issued a decree to dissolve parliament and call for early polls. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Iran resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow plant in new stepback from deal Nov 08, 2019 0 112 Students take to Lebanon streets as protests grow Nov 08, 2019 0 81 37 killed in Burkina Faso’s deadliest attack in five years Nov 08, 2019 0 1573 Ten Nigerian troops killed in militant ambush, say military sources Kano: At least 10 Nigerian soldiers have been killed and nine severely injured in an ambush by jihadists in restive northeast Nigeria, military sources said on Thursday. Another 12 soldiers were missing after a column of .. Congo’s ‘Terminator’ gets harshest ever ICC sentence The Hague: The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese rebel chief Bosco “Terminator” Ntaganda to 30 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday, the highest ever penalty issued by the .. 13 people killed in attack on northern Kenya villages Mombasa: Thirteen people were killed in northern Kenya during an armed attack on two villages, a senior government official told dpa on Wednesday. Marsabit County Commissioner Evans Achoki said that 10 people - .. Baghdadi’s wife revealed IS group secrets after capture AFP Istanbul The wife of slain Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi revealed “a lot of information” about the jihadist group’s “inner workings” after she was captured last year, a Turkish official said. The .. Protest-hit Lebanon’s financial prosecutor orders graft probes Beirut: Lebanon’s financial prosecutor on Thursday ordered sweeping investigations into suspected corruption and waste of public funds by senior officials, the state National News Agency reported. The move comes as .. Iraqi protesters force key port to close, hours after it reopened DPA Basra Anti-government protests in Iraq forced a major trade port to close on Thursday, just a few hours after it reopened, according to witnesses. Earlier on Thursday, trucks loaded with goods began entering the port .. 6 killed in rebel attack in Yemen’s Mokha Abu Dhabi: Six people, including four civilians, were killed in an attack by Yemeni rebels on a military base in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha, medical sources said on Thursday. The strike also damaged a hospital run by ..