Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million, with more than half (2.9 million) inhabitants being expatriates. The constitutional  sovereign state  follows a semi-democratic political system.

An economic crisis and  Souk Al-Manakh stock market crash led to a period of economic unrest in the country in the early 1980s. Several terrorist attacks including hijackings, and the  1983 Kuwait bombings, marred the country during this period of unrest. The attempted assassination of  Emir Jaber in 1985 was another major attack in the country. An economic crisis between Iraq and Kuwait ensued when Kuwait failed to alleviate an economic debt of US$65 billion owed by Iraq following the Iraq-Iran War. This turmoil eventually led to the  Gulf War, which came to an end on 26 February 1991, when US-led military intervention helped end Hussein’s reign.

As a constitutional emirate, the Emir is the head of state in Kuwait. Elected parliament and an appointed government head the hybrid political system in the country. The  Constitution of Kuwait is considered liberal, granting a wide range of liberties and rights to its citizens. The government exercises Executive powers in the country and the National Assembly heads the legislature.

The judicial system is nominally independent in Kuwait from other government branches. The Constitutional Court rules on judicially conformity of the decrees and laws which are found in the Constitution. The Constitutional Court has power to invalidate the Emir's decrees and dissolve parliament. The country’s legal system follows the "civil law system" modeled after the French system.  Sharia law governs the family law sector for Muslim families, and non-Muslims are governed by the secular courts.

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