Kuwaitis head to vote again – Kuwait Times






By B Izzak

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti voters head to the polls on Tuesday for the third time since December 2020 to elect a new parliament they hope will put an end to almost two decades of non-stop political disputes, which have stalled development despite huge revenues from oil. The elections, the seventh in just the last 11 years, were called after HH the Amir dissolved the National Assembly elected in 2020 for the second time after the constitutional court reinstated it following its first dissolution.

The Assembly was dissolved for the first time in August last year due to disputes between MPs and the government. Snap polls were then held in September 2022, in which the opposition scored a resounding victory. However, the constitutional court nullified the election on March 19 after finding that the decree which dissolved the Assembly breached the constitution. It also reinstated the 2020 Assembly. Since 2003, the Kuwaiti parliament has completed its four-year full term only once, between 2016 and 2020.

During the same period, it was dissolved or annulled by the constitutional court on seven occasions. The Cabinet, which is always led by a senior member of the ruling family,…

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