KUWAIT: The speaker of Kuwait's parliament said the ruling family has no intention to sideline the crown prince in the succession. "The crown prince will stay in his post; there are no intentions for the ruling family to make any changes pertaining to this," House Speaker Jassem Al Kharafi said during a visit to Qatar. Amir Shaikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah and his heir Crown Prince Shaikh Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah are unwell, complicating the succession in the country, diplomats and analysts say.
Parties 'far off'
KUWAIT: The speaker of Kuwait's parliament said yesterday the state needed to legalise political parties in the future but the time was not yet right. "The time is not suitable now for forming parties," Jassem Al Kharafi said. "It needs more time especially since elections in Kuwait are still conducted based on personal ties between candidates and voters and based on sectarian, tribal or family considerations.
Gay wedding 26 held
ABU DHABI: Police in the UAE have arrested 26 men on suspicion of preparing to hold a gay wedding after they were found in a desert hotel dressed in wedding dresses and bride-grooms' suits. The 26 face the lash and up to five years in prison if convicted of homosexuality which remains outlawed in the UAE, the sources said. If convicted, the detainees could also be ordered to undergo treatment to remedy their illegal sexual orientation.
Saudi 'brokered deal'
BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said he mediated a deal between the United Nations and Damascus on the interrogation of top Syrian officials over the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. "I have been advising President Bashar Al Assad for a long time (to co-operate with the UN probe) but the response was negative," King Abdullah said.
AMMAN: Jordan's King Abdullah yesterday swore in a new government headed by his national security adviser, with a strong mandate to crack down on Islamic militancy but to ensure progress in political liberalisation.