Gulf in the News – August 8, 2012

Cabinet calls for quick UN action on Syria

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

Saudi Arabia yesterday welcomed the UN General Assembly’s adoption of an Arab-sponsored resolution on Syria, asserting the decision reflected the feelings of the international community toward the suffering of the Syrian people. The worsening situation of the Syrian people “necessitates quick and decisive action to initiate a political process that will pave the way for meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people, alleviating their grievances,” the Council of Ministers said following its weekly meeting at Al-Salam Palace.


2009 Assembly ‘clinically’ dead, fails to meet again – Kuwait lawmakers shun meetings

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

The new development came as the opposition majority bloc was awaiting the government’s final decision on whether it will refer the electoral law to the constitutional court or not. The government on Monday delayed a decision on the issue until next week amid reports that the government is inclined for the move that has been strongly rejected by the opposition which has threatened street rallies in protest. Opposition youth activists have reportedly decided to stage rallies at the square opposite the National Assembly building and that a number of the activists might camp there.

Yemen clips Saleh son’s powers

Source: Saudi Gazette (Read full story)

Yemen’s president ordered the restructuring of some military units, aiming to curb the powers of a son of former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh and stabilize a country where Saleh’s legacy still looms large. The move coincided with an air strike that killed two suspected militants linked to Al-Qaeda, still a major threat to Yemen despite being driven out of its main southern strongholds by a US-backed military offensive in June.

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