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Yearbook 1998

Kuwait. During the year, the power struggle between the government and certain members of the country's parliament, especially Islamists, was made clearer. Since the government is completely dominated by the governing family and Parliament has no real power, the outcome was given. In mid-March, Islamic MPs announced a vote of no confidence in Information Minister Sheikh Saud Nasir Saud as-Sabah after admitting that books the Islamist opposition considered fighting Islam were sold at a book fair in the country. However, the entire government resigned before the vote was held. The Emir, Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad as-Sabah, asked Prime Minister Sheikh Sad al-Abd Allah as-Sabah to form a new government where Saud became Minister of Oil.

1998 Kuwait

In June, a number of MEPs demanded a cross-examination of Interior Minister Sheikh Muhammad Khalid al-Hamad as-Sabah on a range of issues, from drugs to human rights. According to Countryaah, the government rejected the claim because the interior minister, like several other ministers, is considered "sovereign" and therefore should not be subjected to parliamentary questioning.

As in other countries in the Persian Gulf, measures to expel illegal immigrants continued. In September, it was announced that K's stateless Arab residents - Bedouins - would be offered a genetic test to prove their Kuwaiti origin. Those who did not turn out to be Kuwaiti would be forced to leave the country. However, one condition for passing the test was that it was registered at the 1965 census.

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