People in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Editorial credit: Matyas Rehak /


Kuwait is a constitutional emirate ruled by the Sabah family. While the monarchy holds executive power and dominates most state institutions, the elected parliament plays an influential role, often challenging the government. Partly due to friction between lawmakers and the executive, government reshuffles and snap parliamentary elections have been frequent since 2011. State authorities have constrained freedoms of speech and assembly in recent years.

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Freedom in the World — Kuwait Country Report

Kuwait is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.