The Kuwaiti government was said to have rejected a bill drafted in
parliament for members of the military and security forces to grow beards, a
trademark of Islamic fundamentalists.
Parliament passed the legislation in December on the strength of its
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"This would harm discipline throughout the security forces," a
government source said.
On Feb. 1, Kuwait's A-Siyassa daily quoted government sources as saying
that the legislation would endanger discipline and sow unrest in the
military, Middle East Newsline reported. The newspaper also cited concerns that the law would be difficult
Under the bill, members of the military, National Guard and police could
grow beards. The legislation was supported by 30 of the 50 members
of parliament, most of them members of the Islamic bloc.
Kuwait has sought to expand the military and National Guard amid
conventional and counter-insurgency threats. Parliament has approved a
government drive to increase salaries and benefits in an effort to expand
recruitment among natives of the sheikdom.