The common stereotype associated with Kuwaitis in the Arab Gulf region has often been that they are loud or too outspoken. However, as I've observed while photographing campaigns and elections over the past few days, it's become clear to me that "freedom of speech" is an ideology not yet fully embraced by any of the neighboring countries.
Let's provide a brief overview of this small country:
In 1750, the people of Kuwait elected their ruler, known as the "Amir" or prince, from the AlSabah family due to the family's reputation for generosity and honesty. In 1899, Kuwaitis signed a protection treaty with the United Kingdom, which lasted until 1961 when Kuwait gained its independence. In 1962, Kuwait became the first and still the only Arab Gulf country to establish a constitution, granting power and rights to its citizens.
Furthermore, the Emir selects the prime minister, who is the third most powerful figure and in turn selects the ministers. The national assembly, consisting of 50 members, is entirely elected by the people, and one member is chosen to represent them as the speaker of the national assembly, making this role the second most powerful position in the country. In a significant step forward, women in Kuwait were granted the right to vote and run for parliament in 2006. Despite its relatively small size and historical age, Kuwait holds all representatives accountable if evidence of wrongdoing is found against them in court.