Kuwait’s parliament this week seemed fractured after lawmakers appeared deeply divided over the merit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) security pact.

The parliament is scheduled to debate next month whether to endorse a Gulf security agreement between the six members of the Gulf alliance amid calls from the government for MPs to give their approval.

However, the task is proving formidable as many lawmakers have publicly voiced their opposition to the agreement, promoted by supporters as a boost to regional security and to enhancing inter-Gulf relations.