Previous mass demonstrations challenging the ruling Al-Sabah family and calling for the legalization of political parties were broken up by police using tear gas and stun grenades.

A pro-government parliament is less likely to oppose the power and oil ‘mega’ projects such as the planned 615,000 b/d al-Zour refinery, and the government is pushing ahead with them, independent oil consultant Kamil Harami, former member of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)’s tenders board, tells MEES. “But these political issues will over-shadow the projects and the elections will not produce a stable government,” he says. The projects are being driven by a technocrat Oil Minister Hani Husain. (CONTINUED - 889 WORDS)