Appeal calling for cancellation of elections to be heard next week

December 30, 2011

A Kuwaiti court will decide next week whether a move by a former lawmaker to cancel the parliamentary elections should be considered.

Sa’adoon Hamad Al Utaiba filed an urgent case to suspend the call for the election of a new parliament on February 2, arguing that the dissolution of the outgoing national assembly was unconstitutional.

Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah this month dissolved parliament on the recommendation of the government that resigned in late November. Only the prime minister has been replaced while the ministers were tasked with running urgent matters of the state.

Experts were divided over the constitutionality of the call, with those opposing it arguing that the government had no right to push for the dissolution of the parliament.

However, those supporting the move said that it was constitutional.

Around 400,000 Kuwaitis are expected to cast their ballots for the new 50-seat parliament.

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About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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