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Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress made in Kuwait to establish democratic institutions and political processes since its liberation by allied forces in Operation Granby/Desert Storm in 1991.

The Kuwaitis are preparing for a general election, to which his Highness the Amir has said that he is personally committed, planned for October. The establishment of the Kuwait Democratic Forum, effectively the country's first publicly proclaimed political party, was announced in December 1991. The repeal of the 1986 press censorship law was announced this month. We welcome these developments.