Kuwait's ruler dissolves parliament
Kuwait, October 7, 2012
Kuwait's ruler ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday, a senior government minister said, a step opening the way to a parliamentary election in the country after months of political deadlock.
The emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, had been widely expected to take the step following a cabinet request to dissolve the assembly. Elections now need to be held within 60 days under constitutional rules.
"The emir issued a decree to dissolve parliament," state news agency Kuna said, citing Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Mubarak al-Sabah, who handles cabinet affairs.
Political upheaval is not new to the Opec member state - this is the sixth dissolution of parliament since early 2006. The turmoil has held up investment projects and economic reforms.
The parliament was last broken up in June by Kuwait's top court over a technicality. The old assembly that the court reinstated had been unable to meet because of a boycott by MPs. - Reuters