Gulf in the News – November 7, 2012

Commentary: Saudi Arbitration Court in the UK?

Source: Saudi-US Trade Group (Read full story)

If this new “court” as it is called in the press will allow parties to easily and efficiently enforce foreign awards in Saudi Arabia, that would be its main and significant benefit.  As it stands now, it is very difficult to enforce foreign judgments and awards in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Courts have procedures for the enforcement of judgments obtained in a foreign jurisdiction to which a party has submitted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia subject to Article 8(1)(g) of Royal Decree No. M/51 dated 17/7/1402 H., corresponding to [11/05/1982 (G)] (the Grievances Board Law).  The Grievances Board Law grants the Grievances Board the authority to accept applications for the enforcement in Saudi Arabia of foreign judgments.

Choice clear between law and chaos: Amir – Defiant opposition reaffirms poll boycott – Barrak faces legal action

Source: Kuwait Times (Read full story)

Kuwait’s Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Khalid Al-Jarrah expressed the Army leadership and ranks and files’ full allegiance to the Amir. Interior Ministry Undersecretary Ghazi Al-Omar also confirmed the security personnel’s allegiance to the Amir. He assured the Amir and the Kuwaiti people that the interior ministry will not allow any person or entity to tamper with state security. National Guard Undersecretary Lieutenant General Nasser Abdullah Al-Daee also expressed his personnel’s readiness to sacrifice their lives for Kuwait under the leadership of the Amir.

Yemen chief suspected of links to al Qaeda ordered to surrender

Source: Reuters (Read full story)

The standoff highlights the challenges facing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in trying to assert state authority following the uprising that began in Yemen last year and forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in February.

Impoverished Yemen adjoins the world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia. Its wealthier Gulf neighbours and Washington are concerned that al Qaeda and other Islamist fighters operating there could pose a threat to Saudi Arabia and nearby oil shipping channels.

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