National Assembly dissolved and fresh elections called


Yesterday Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah dissolved Kuwait’s National Assembly and called for new elections as the Cabinet resigned.

The Kuwait News Agency referred to the decision as being in line with Article 107 of the Kuwaiti Constitution and was taken as a result of an emergency Cabinet meeting because of the “escalating developments in the region and the repercussions on all levels, besides the serious requirements to face them, considering their perils and mishaps.” Other sources talk about the Cabinet facing “the hostility of the National Assembly” and BBC News suggests that the decision was because of a “lack of cooperation” from the National Assembly over the raising of fuel prices.

Article 107 reads as follows: “The Amir may dissolve the National Assembly through a decree in which the reasons for dissolution shall be indicated. However, dissolution of the Assembly must not be repeated for the same reasons. In the event of dissolution, elections for the new Assembly shall be held within a period not exceeding two months from the date of dissolution. If the election is not held within the said period, the dissolved Assembly shall be restored with its full constitutional authority and shall meet immediately as if the dissolution had not taken place. It shall then continue functioning until the new Assembly is elected.”

Elections will now be held within two months and the Arab Times is reporting that they may take place on 26th November. Normal elections would have taken place next year.

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