Kuwait’s fragile cabinet resigned in late December in response to a planned no-confidence parliamentary vote aimed at Planning and Development Minister Rola Dashti. Ms Dashti had faced parliamentary “grillings” earlier in the month.

Political gridlock, often motivated by tribal politicking and inter-generational feuding within the ruling Al-Sabah family, has burdened Kuwait and held up development of key projects – including many in the oil and gas sector. Additionally, agents of firms that lose during the bidding process for oil and gas contracts often subsequently hold up the projects, using MPs and journalists to attack winning bids with often specious accusations of corruption or opacity. (CONTINUED - 964 WORDS)