Kuwaiti Emir Vetoes Sharia Law (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/18/12)
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Emir Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Thursday blocked a proposal to
amend the constitution to make all legislation in the country comply
with Sharia law.
“His highness the emir is not in favour,” Islamist lawmaker Mohammad
al-Dallal told reporters. “We must think again about convincing the
emir or submitting it again in another format."
“Our society is a conservative society. A lot of people request that
laws comply with Sharia (Islamic law). We also do not have a stable
political system,” he added, claiming such an amendment could help
make lawmaking less chaotic.
Kuwaiti law requires the emir’s approval for any constitutional
Islamist MPs have proposed amending the constitution in this way
several times in the past. This time, they asked to change article 79
to make Sharia “the only source” of legislation rather than a major
or main source as it is now.
Islamists took near-absolute control of Kuwait´s parliament in early
February elections on an anti-corruption platform - in what marks the
major oil producer´s fourth parliament in six years.
The latest motion to make Sharia the only source of law in Kuwait was
backed by 31 of parliament´s 50 lawmakers.
Kuwait, a regional US ally, is ruled by a Sunni Muslim monarchy with
Islam as its official religion. Some 85 percent Kuwaitis are Muslim.
The next biggest groups are expatriate Hindus and Christians.
The emir´s veto underscores the difficult position the slowly-
liberalizing and business-minded Gulf Arab monarchies have found
themselves in amid the Arab Spring.
Gulf monarchs have found themselves contending with a rise of
political Islam in tandem with tensions with rival Iran, with whom
they are vying for hegemony over the Persian Gulf, which Gulf Arab
states refer to it as the Arabian Gulf.
The result has been a shift towards the formation of a diplomatic and
military Gulf Union and strengthening of ties with the West,
especially the US and NATO. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/18/12)
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