KUWAIT - May 16 - Parliament Approves Bedouin Law.
Many of the Bedouins serve in the military but most do not enjoy free services like medical care.) On May 16, parliament approves a measure allowing the state to consider nationality applications by some Bedouins who meet specific criteria, including soldiers who served with Kuwaiti troops in the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars. MPs say resolving the problem could take years and new legislation, in 20001, to set the number of those eligible. Interior Minister Shaikh Mohammed Khalid Al Sabah says the number which met May 16's criteria, including registering in a census in 1965 and not only in 1945, were 36,716 people. During the debate, MP Mohammed Al Khalifa says the Bedouin issue was a "black spot in Kuwait's otherwise clean record".
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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||May 20, 2000|
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