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Kuwaiti Cabinet strips 5 opposition figures of their citizenship, including newspaper owner

Kuwait has stripped five well-known opposition figures of their citizenship, including the owner of a newspaper and television station.

The official Kuwait News Agency announced the decision by Kuwait's Cabinet on Monday, which approved a draft decree to revoke the citizenship of the five.

Among those named in the decision is former Islamist opposition lawmaker Abdullah al-Barghash and three other members of his family.

The government also revoked the nationality of Ahmad al-Shemmeri, owner of the independent Al-Youm television station and Alam Al-Yawm newspaper. His newspaper was ordered temporarily shut down twice this year by a court for defying a prosecutor-ordered media blackout about an investigation into a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.

The state news agency account did not give a reason for the Cabinet's decision.