Kuwait crown prince dissolves parliament, calls for early election

Kuwait crown prince dissolves parliament, calls for early election

Kuwait crown prince dissolves parliament, calls for early election

Kuwait’s crown prince on Wednesday dissolved parliament and called for an early election following a stand-off between the government and elected assembly that has hindered fiscal reform.

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Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah said in a televised speech that decrees would be issued for the dissolution of parliament, the Gulf region’s oldest and most lively, and for “elections in coming months”.

Kuwait’s ruling emir, who has the constitutional power to dissolve parliament, made a brief appearance to say that Sheikh Meshal, his half-brother and designated heir, would speak on his behalf, effectively blessing the move.