Democratic Reforms in Gulf and Arab Nations

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  • Yemen
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Iraq
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Syria
  • Arab Spring at A Glance
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait


New laws give the elected parliament stronger powers including a broader supervisory role over the Cabinet and picking the prime minister, but the king retains ultimate control. King Abdullah II has said he will gradually give the parliament more oversight over the state's daily affairs, but will "continue to serve as guarantor of the constitution" and "to play a role in vital strategic issues of foreign policy and national security."

(Photo: REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool)

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