Protests Rock Kuwait
10:33 AM, Nov 17, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
Opposition forces stormed the parliament yesterday after marching on the house of the prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmed al-Sabah, to demand he resign. Protesters hold the prime minister responsible for failing to fight the country's growing corruption—this report from Al Arabiya's English-language site explains that 16 MPs in the 50-member parliament have allegedly received about $350 million in bribes. Accordingly the marchers tailored the Arab Spring's motto to fit the specific target of their ire: "The people want to topple the premier."
In the past, Kuwait has often been at odds with Syria, and recently Iran warned regional players that the Arab League's suspension of Syria's membership might come back to hurt them—which seems to have been a not very subtle hint aimed at Gulf Arab states who have lined up against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Already the Damascus embassies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have been attacked—along with the Jordanian, French, Turkish, and American embassies in the Syrian capital. Whether or not Damascus and Tehran will see an opening here to provoke further trouble is unclear, but there is little doubt that Kuwait's Gulf Cooperation Council neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia, want this flare-up settled as quickly as possible. Kuwait's emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah ordered security forces to take all necessary measures to restore peace to the Gulf emirate.