Kuwait / by Alistair Galloway

Opposition MPs elected in November are beginning to show their opposition to proposed austerity measures. MPs proposed a measure to give the National Assembly the right to regulate and approve any new fees for citizens. Kuwait has been attempting to thaw relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia through the Gulf Cooperation Council. On 25 January, Kuwait carried out its first mass execution since 2013, executing 7 people including a prince of the ruling AlSabah family. On 15 January, a Eurowings flight landed in Kuwait due to a bomb scare. A regional centre of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Istanbul Cooperation Initiative was opened in Kuwait this month. Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil cuts have begun to take effect and a rise in the price of oil was observed in January. Kuwait’s stock market has been the best performer in the world for January, rising for eighteen consecutive days by 29 January. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth office updated its travel advice stating that attacks in Kuwait are “very likely”.

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