Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Emir of Kuwait dissolves parliament

 The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has decided to dissolve parliament, less than a week after he named a new prime minister and parliamentary sessions were put on hold. The decree dissolving the National Assembly was read out on state television.on Tuesday. 
 Last week, the cabinet resigned shortly before former Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah was to be questioned about the alleged payment of bribes to pro-government MPs. Protesters stormed parliament late last month after the government tried to prevent him facing questions. The emir replaced Sheikh Nasser with Sheikh Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah, the defence minister.
The emir said he disbanded parliament "due to the deteriorating conditions that led to difficulties in achieving progress and threatened the country's higher interests''. His decree said there would be elections but gave no date. According to the constitution, elections must now be held within 60 days.

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