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Monday 23 January 2006

Democracy (of a kind) breaks out in Kuwait

A very special kind of democracy of course. I hadn't heard that the late Emir had died recently (silly me), but it appears that the succession may not be as clearcut as it normally is in autocracies, even if the parliamentary revolt seems to be governed by factionalism for an alternative to the ailing new Emir.

UPDATE: (Monday 23JAN06 23.25 GMT) And he's gone! And 'the other' branch of the royal house, in the form of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, will get to rule instead - no surprise there then.

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