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Kuwaiti ruler dissolves parliament, sets up vote

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 7:16 am •  Published: October 7, 2012

Oil-rich Kuwait has not faced widespread unrest since the Arab Spring uprisings erupted last year across the Middle East, but the country has been locked in deepening political battles and labor upheavals that have stalled many development plans.

Kuwait was hit by a wave of strikes earlier this year, including walkouts that grounded the state carrier, Kuwait Airways, and temporarily closed customs posts and left hundreds trucks stranded at the border.

Calls for better working conditions have grown louder in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. Kuwaitis are used to well-paid government jobs and cradle-to-grave benefits that increasingly have become a burden on state finances.