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Kuwait parliament to be dissolved ‘within hours’: MP

Filed on December 6, 2011

KUWAIT CITY — A decision to dissolve parliament in the oil-rich Gulf state of Kuwait is expected to be issued “within hours,” opposition lawmaker Hussein Mazyed said early afternoon Tuesday.

“Dissolving parliament will help resolve our political crisis. I expect the decision to be announced within hours,” Mazyed told reporters outside parliament.

Under Kuwaiti law, dissolving parliament requires a decree from Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who has dissolved the house on three occasions since May 2006.

Last week, the ruler accepted the resignation of former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, and named defence minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah as the new premier.

Sheikh Nasser, 71, resigned following a youth-led campaign against him on allegations of corruption.

According to the constitution, if parliament is dissolved, fresh general elections must be held within 60 days.

Kuwait is OPEC’s third largest producer, pumping around 3.0 million barrels of crude oil per day. It has a native population of 1.2 million people, besides 2.4 million foreign residents.

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