Kuwait parliamentary election set for Feb 2
Kuwait, December 18, 2011
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Sunday decreed that an early parliamentary election would take place on Feb. 2, the privately-owned Al-Rai television reported.
The decision comes nearly two weeks after the emir dissolved parliament following the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad al-Sabah last month in one of the deepest political crises in the state.
At the time, the emir had set no date for an election, which under the constitution must be held within two months from the date parliament is dissolved.
Kuwait caught a whiff of unrest when opposition lawmakers and protesters stormed parliament last month to demand the resignation of Sheikh Nasser, amid allegations of mismanagement and corruption, which he denies.
The crisis forced Sheikh Nasser and his cabinet to step down, and the emir has since named outgoing Defence Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak al-Sabah, another member of the ruling family, as the new prime minister.
The emir last week swore in a new government consisting mainly of ministers from the previous administration of Sheikh Nasser, to prepare for the election. – Reuters