Recurring political disputes between the government and Parliament paralyzed political institutions and the passage of most new legislation. Kuwait continued to exclude thousands of stateless people, known as Bidun, from full citizenship, despite their longstanding roots in Kuwaiti territory. The government aggressively cracked down on free speech, often resorting to a law forbidding any offense to the ruler (emir). A new effort to dramatically reduce the number of migrant workers in Kuwait led to the implementation of regulations to allow for swift and unlawful deportation.
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