Low Turnout in Kuwait's 13th Municipal Council Elections

Voters wait in line during Kuwait's Municipal Council elections (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Voters wait in line during Kuwait's Municipal Council elections (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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Low Turnout in Kuwait's 13th Municipal Council Elections

Voters wait in line during Kuwait's Municipal Council elections (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Voters wait in line during Kuwait's Municipal Council elections (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Kuwait's 13th Municipal Council elections were held on Saturday amid tight security preparations, with 38 candidates competing in eight constituencies.

Male and female voters went to the polls to elect eight members of the Municipal Council, as only one candidate applied in each of the seventh and tenth constituencies, putting them automatically among the winning members.

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed al-Nawaf said the Municipal Council elections are a manifestation of democracy and a boost to the role of civil society in development and advancement.

It is an embodiment of positive communication between the leadership and the people and a vivid example of the effective participation of citizens in shaping their present and completing their future path, he said.

The elections to select 10 out of 38 candidates for the 16-seat council were held in 443 committees distributed over 76 schools in eight electoral constituencies. The government will appoint the remaining six members within 15 days of the elections.

There are 438,283 registered male and female voters, according to the voter lists for the year 2021.

The term of the council will be four years from the date of its first meeting, and the council must be called to convene within 15 days from the date of issuance of the decree of the appointed members.

Justice Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Integrity Jamal al-Jalawi affirmed that the Municipal Council elections are going smoothly.

Turnout was low on Saturday afternoon, and Jalawi expected an increase in voter turnout in the coming hours.

He added that about 894 electoral committees, noting that all reports indicated that the process is running smoothly.

A statement issued by the General Department of Security Relations and Media at the ministry announced that the Undersecretary, Lieutenant-General Anwar al-Barjas, toured the electoral committees.

Barjas stressed the need to exert all efforts to help voters, especially the elderly and people with special needs, to cast their votes.

Kuwait's Municipal Council helps draw up the general policies, set plans, and decide on projects related to urban, environmental, and health issues.

Kuwait Municipality was established in 1930, during which Kuwaiti citizens had a chance to elect their representatives in the Municipal Council, a historical development within the Kuwait community.

Since its independence on June 19, 1961, Kuwait has witnessed 12 Municipal Council elections. The first was held in June 1964.

The 9th Municipal Council was elected on June 2, 2005, which was the first-time women ran for council seats. Three days later, the government appointed two women as members of the council: Assistant Undersecretary at the Amiri Diwan Fatma al-Sabah and Fawziya al-Bahar.

None of the female candidates won the first-ever women's participation in the municipal elections, but they were appointed in 2005, 2009, and 2018 councils.



Saudi, Norwegian FMs Discuss Situation in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
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Saudi, Norwegian FMs Discuss Situation in Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, received a telephone call on Saturday from his Norwegian counterpart, Espen Barth Eide.

During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip crisis and efforts to contain the situation.


46th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
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46th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA
The aid is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinians in times of crisis. SPA

The 46th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived on Saturday at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt, carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the Palestinian people in times of crisis.


GCC, Central Asian States to Meet Monday to Boost Ties

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
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GCC, Central Asian States to Meet Monday to Boost Ties

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi announced that the second ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the GCC countries and Central Asian states will be held on Monday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The meeting will be chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrhman bin Jassim Al Thani, who is currently the president of the Ministerial Council, and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov.

Attending will be foreign ministers from GCC and Central Asian countries.

Albudaiwi stressed that the meeting confirms the desire of the two sides to boost relations, and their keenness to strengthen strategic dialogue and work to serve their common interests, in accordance with their shared values, interests, and historical ties, and with the Joint Action Plan for the period 2023-2027, they signed in September 2022.

According to Albudaiwi, discussions will focus on ways to enhance relations between the two sides, and regional and international developments.


45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)

The 45th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt on Friday carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis.


Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
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Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a telephone call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of Algeria, Ahmed Attaf.
During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the region.

Talks also focused on the situation in the Gaza Strip, its surroundings, and the efforts being exerted in this regard.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Thursday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the latest developments and means to ease regional tensions.

They discussed issues of common interest, namely the situation in Sudan and Gaza, and the importance of delivering more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian enclave.


Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Wednesday the ministry's senior officials, who came to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Meeting at the Al Safa Palace in the holy city of Makkah, Prince Khalid conveyed the congratulations and greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Supreme Commander of All Military Forces, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion.

Prince Khalid appealed to God to safeguard the Kingdom, its leadership and people and for security, stability and prosperity to prevail under the wise leadership.


Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
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Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Wednesday a telephone call from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

The leaders congratulated each other on the occasion, appealing to God Almighty to return it with goodness and blessings.

Crown Prince Mohammed also received a similar call of congratulations from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.


Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performed on Wednesday the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

After the prayer, he received several princes, religious scholars, ministers and senior officials, who congratulated him on the occasion of Eid.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performed on Wednesday the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

He was joined by several princes and senior officials who took the opportunity to convey their congratulations and blessings to King Salman on the occasion.