The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Sunday dismissed the government and dissolved Parliament, citing security concerns. Members of the Cabinet sent a request for resignation in connection with the “lack of cooperation with Parliament”, but the Emir urged the people to elect new representatives, which would “solve tasks”, reports TASS.
In the morning, held an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers (government), which approved a draft decree on the dissolution of Parliament. The session was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah. In the debate in the Royal Palace attended by former Chairman of the legislative body of the country. He said that Parliament is not interested “neither in approval nor in opposition to” the package of proposed economic reforms.
Eventually this led to the fact that the day Kuwait has lost two branches of government. In an official statement on this issue, it is noted that the decree “according to the 107th article of the Constitution of the state of Kuwait with the current situation in the region, current events and security challenges”. “I appeal to the people, the source of power to elect representatives who would Express their aspirations and to solve tasks”, – the document says.
As noted by the ex-speaker of the Parliament marzouq al-Ghanim, the decision of the Emir “on the return to the vote and address to the will of the people is the highest level of democracy” in the country.
According to the Constitution of Kuwait, the President has the right to announce new elections not later than two months after the publication of the decree in the official Bulletin. The next parliamentary elections would be held in July-August 2017.