Loud or too outspoken, has been the usual stereotype of Kuwaitis among the Arab Gulf. But photographing the campaigns and the elections for the last few days, I understand that “freedom of speech” is an ideology that non of the neighboring countries have acquired yet.
Perhaps a brief summary of the small country is needed:
In 1750, the people of Kuwait elected their ruler “Amir meaning prince” to be from AlSabah family due to the generous and honest nature of Alsabah the First. In 1899, the Kuwaitis signed a protection treaty with United Kingdom until 1961 when Kuwait gained it’s independence. In 1962 the first and still the only Arab Gulf country, Kuwait, formed a constitution to give it’s people power and rights. In addition, the Emir selects the prime minister who is the the third powerful man, which selects the ministers. %100 elected by people, the national assembly, selects one of it’s 50 members to represent as the speaker of the national assembly. The job would make this member the second most powerful seat in the country. Women in Kuwait were allowed to vote and run for parliament in 2006. Contrary to the countries size, and age, Kuwait holds any representative of the country accountable if proof was found against them in court.