Political Turmoil And Corruption Allegations Cast A Shadow Over Kuwait

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Political Turmoil And Corruption Allegations Cast A Shadow Over Kuwait

By Dominic Dudley
Forbes
Nov. 19, 2019

While the country waits for a new government to be formed the old cabinet is staying on in a caretaker capacity, but there have already been some changes. Sheikh Khaled had clashed with defence minister (and a son of the emir) Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah over the alleged misuse of some KD240 million ($790 million) in military funds. Both have now been removed from their jobs.

There were also large anti-corruption demonstrations outside parliament earlier in the month. Against this background, the emir gave a speech on November 18 in which he vowed to clamp down on graft, saying “no-one, no matter his position, will evade punishment if convicted in public funds crimes.”