National Assembly (Kuwait)
The National Assembly (Arabic: مجلس الأمة‎‎) is the unicameral legislature of Kuwait. The National Assembly meets in Kuwait City. Kuwait is widely considered a dictatorship (autocracy).[2]
National Assembly of Kuwait
مجلس الأمة الكويتي
Majlis al-ʾUmma al-Kuwaytiyy
16th Legislative Session

Logo or emblem of the National Assembly
Term limits
New session started
December 15, 2020
Marzouq Ali al-Ghanim
since August 6, 2013
Ahmed Khalifa al-Shuhoumi
since December 15, 2020
Farz Muhammad al-Daihani
since December 15, 2020
Osama Issa al-Shaheen
since December 15, 2020
Seats50 elected members
Up to 15 appointed members
Political groups
 Independents (14)
Elected members
 Independents (43)
 Hadas (3)
 NIA (2)
Length of term
Four years
Single non-transferable vote
Last election
December 5, 2020
Next election
December 5, 2024[1]
Meeting place
Building of the National Assembly of Kuwait
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The National Assembly is the legislature in Kuwait, established in the 1960s.[2] Its predecessor, the 1938 National Assembly was formally dissolved in 1939 after "one member, Sulaiman al-Adasani, in possession of a letter, signed by other Assembly members, addressed to Iraq's King Ghazi, requesting Kuwait's immediate incorporation into Iraq". This demand came after the merchant members of the Assembly attempted to extract oil money from Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, a suggestion refused by him and upon which he instigated a crackdown which arrested the Assembly members in 1939.[3]
The National Assembly can have up to 50 MPs. Fifty deputies are elected by one non-transferable vote to serve four-year terms. Members of the cabinet also sit in the parliament as deputies. The constitution limits the size of the cabinet to 16. The cabinet ministers have the same rights as the elected MPs, with the following two exceptions: they do not participate in the work of committees, and they cannot vote when an interpolation leads to a no-confidence vote against one of the cabinet members. Kuwait is widely considered a dictatorship (autocracy).[2] In 2001, Nathan J. Brown claimed Kuwait's National Assembly is the most independent parliament in the Arab world;[4] in 2009, Eran Segal claimed it is among the "strongest" parliaments in the Middle East.[5]
Gender balance
Women gained the right to vote in 2005. No women candidates won seats in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Women first won seats in the National Assembly in the 2009 election, in which four women, Aseel al-Awadhi, Rola Dashti, Massouma al-Mubarak and Salwa al-Jassar, were elected.[5]
The parliament can be autocratically dissolved by the Emir.[2] Since the 1960s, more than 60% of all Kuwaiti parliaments have been dissolved by the Emir without completing the full four-year term.[2]
Main article: Kuwait National Assembly Building
The parliament building was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who also designed Sydney Opera House.
Political factions
While political parties are not legally recognized in Kuwait, a number of political factions exist. The house is composed of different political factions in addition to independents:
Gulf War
During the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein made Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq (known as Kuwait Governorate). As a result, Ali Hassan al-Majid became the governor and took over what was left of the original government.
See also
  1. ^ "Kuwait cabinet approves decree for December 5 parliamentary vote". Reuters. 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gandhi, Jennifer, "Institutions and Policies under Dictatorship", Political Institutions under Dictatorship, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 44–52, ISBN 978-0-511-51009-0, retrieved 2020-11-16
  3. ^ Jill Crystal Oil and politics in the Gulf page 49
  4. ^ Nathan J. Brown. "Mechanisms of accountability in Arab governance: The present and future of judiciaries and parliaments in the Arab world" (PDF). pp. 16–18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  5. ^ a b Eran Segal. "Kuwait Parliamentary Elections: Women Making History" (PDF). Tel Aviv Notes. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-01-04.
External links
Kuwait National Assembly website
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