Protesters briefly entered Parliament on Nov. 16, 2011, waving flags and singing the country’s national anthem.
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In Kuwait, activists have been gathering nightly to peacefully demonstrate against their government – something that elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula would see protesters tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and sentenced to prison. The rallies, just across the street from Kuwait's National Assembly, show the unique political system in this tiny, oil-rich nation, where its emir rules absolutely but lawmakers and citizens can criticize officials and call them to account.In Kuwait, ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah ordered 1,000 dinar ($3,559) grants and free food coupons for every Kuwaiti.Kuwait's then-Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Sabah, Sheikh Sabah's nephew who was also accused in the allegations, survived a no-confidence vote.A court ruling Sunday freed 44 defendants in the case on bail after over 80 days in prison.Kuwait's Information Ministry did not respond to requests for comment on the case.While Kuwait's rulers alternately closed or limited Parliament's power in subsequent decades, Iraq's invasion in 1990 and the subsequent 1991 U.S.-led Gulf War to liberate it reinvigorated the legislative body.In the years since the Gulf War, however, the power of opposition lawmakers in Kuwait's Parliament has waned. The opposition boycotted Kuwait's 2013 parliamentary election, but won seats in 2016 in the 50-member Parliament.
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