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I love Kuwait City in the spring

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30 May 2008 13:16

And who wouldn't, with year-round sunshine, lovely seafood from the adjacent waters of the Gulf, the mercury a balmy 45 degrees and oil at $130 a barrel. But what makes Kuwait different is the fact that it is much further down the democratic development path than any other GCC member. With a constitution, fractious parliament and (by regional standards) free press, the messiness that can characterise democratic procedures is on display for all to see.

A good example of the competing interests that need to be accommodated in the Arab world when talking democratic institutions was evident in yesterday's announcement of the new cabinet following recent early elections. The new 16 member cabinet includes two women, members of the four main Sunni tribes, members of the ruling family, Sunni and Shi'a Islamists and liberals and a Shi'a member who was recently detained and interrogated for alleged links with Kuwaiti Hizbullah.

It makes the ALP's right vs left or Liberals wets vs drys look simple by comparison.

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