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Kuwait's newly elected Speaker Ahmad al Sa'adoun (photo: dpa)

New Speaker in Kuwait parliament offers prospect of stability in northern Gulf

The election of a new Speaker for the Kuwaiti parliament would not normally spark any significant geopolitical or strategic interest. But 78-year-old Ahmad al Sa’adoun is no ordinary Speaker: he has kept close personal and political ties with Iraq. The antagonistic nature of Kuwaiti-Iraqi politics, which has existed since Iraq’s occupation and annexation of Kuwait in August, 1990, and its liberation in 1991 by a UN coalition, is about to change for the better. And in a little noticed dispute between Iraq and Kuwait, it is Mr al Sa'adoun's links with Iraq that could help smooth what could become very troubled waters.

THE ELECTION of veteran opposition leader Ahmad al Sa’adoun as Speak...

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 Bernard Siman
Speaker al Sa’adoun has maintained excellent family, tribal and political relationships with Iraq which will be useful in resolving the key irritant of Iraqi-Kuwait relations: the building of the Kuwaiti Grand Mubarak deep port at the top of the northern Gulf
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