Fireworks lit up the sky near the Kuwait Towers during celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Kuwait’s constitution, in Kuwait City on 10 November. The spectacular fireworks display costing $15m earned Kuwait a place in the Guinness book of world records. Later this month (December) Kuwaitis are expected to go to the polls to elect new political representatives. The country’s parliament has the longest history and the most powers of any elected body in the Gulf states and despite calls by opposition groups for a boycott the elections are expected to go ahead. Speaking about
 the proposed boycott, former Speaker of Parliament Jassem Al Khurafi noted:”This
is the nature of democracy – there are those who support and those who oppose. However, we will go ahead with the elections and look forward to good options emerging.”