Early elections : Kuwait emir dissolves parliament over fuel price row
Kuwait ( Anadolu Agency + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, dissolved the parliament Sunday, paving the way for holding early election.
In a decree published by the official KUNA news agency, the emir cited “regional developments” and “security challenges” for dissolving the 50-member chamber.
The decree says “given the circumstances in the region … and the security challenges and their different impacts and risks, that require returning to the people – the origin of authority – to choose their representatives to express their directions, ambitions and contribute to facing these challenges.”
The announcement came shortly after the Kuwaiti cabinet decided to submit a bill to the emir for dissolving the legislature.
On Saturday, parliament speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim called for holding early election in the first move of its kind in the history of the Gulf country.
In a TV interview, Al-Ghanim cited “internal and external challenges” for his call for holding snap polls.
“We are surrounded by internal and external challenges in the upcoming phase, which require a new government and returning to the bailout boxes,” he said.
According to the Kuwaiti constitution, election should be held within two months after the parliament is dissolved.
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