Kuwait: Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved Parliament, ordered Fresh Elections

Jun 17, 2013 13:51 IST

The Supreme Constitutional Court of Kuwait has ordered fresh elections in the country after it dissolved the Parliament. The Court ordered to conduct the fresh election under the new voting system that was cleared by the Government but rejected by the opposition. Under the old system of voting, the candidates were allowed to vote for up to four candidates but the new system of voting will allow selection of only one candidate.

The constitutional validity of the new voting rules was challenged by the opposition in the apex court as it feels that the formation of alliances would be difficult under the new rule, as alliances in the country led to the absence of political parties in the nation. The Supreme Constitutional Court dismissed the challenge of the opposition.

The new rules of voting were issued by the Kuwaiti Emir that used emergency powers six weeks before the elections which was held in December 2012.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait has asked people to accept the decision of the apex court for the change in voting rules. The elections will be held in Kuwait within next two months following the constitutional provision of the country. This will be the sixth Parliamentary Election in Kuwait, since 2006.

The December 2012 elections were boycotted by the opposition but the decision of the apex court has left no room for them to boycott the elections again under the new voting system.  In the Gulf nations, the Kuwait’s Parliament is the most democratic one but the Emir’s decision is the final word in the legislative affairs of the country.

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