Kuwait denies issuing sect-based statistics

July 11, 2011

Kuwait has denied claims that the interior ministry had compiled a report on the country’s demographic figures based on sects.

“There is no truth whatsoever in the allegations that the interior ministry has prepared statistics about the number of Kuwaiti nationals based on their Sunni or Shiite sects,” security sources said.

“We did not work on a report categorising Kuwaitis as tribesmen or city dwellers nor had an account of the size of tribes, either,” the sources said, according to Kuwaiti Al Aan news portal.

The interior ministry does not have the prerogatives to issue such statistics, the sources said.

A report widely circulated on the Internet claimed that Shiites constituted 15.7 per cent of the population, tribesmen 50.8 per cent and city dwellers 33.5 per cent.

The report said that Al Azmi was the largest tribe with 12.2 per cent of the native Kuwaiti population, followed by Al Mutair (9.2), Al Ajman (7.9), Al Rashaida (7.2), Al Atban (4.3), and Anza (4.1).




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