Decision looms on Kuwait's July 27 election

Kuwait court is poised to rule on July 14 whether to suspend election planned for later this month
A general view shows the opening session of Kuwaits parliament in Kuwait City. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 08 Jul 2013 10:21 AM

Kuwait’s Constitutional Court will decide on July 14 whether to suspend the country’s snap election after concerns were raised that it will not be legal.

Lawyer Adel Abdulhadi has submitted a petition to the court arguing the Cabinet did not have the power to set a new poll date because under Kuwaiti law it must have an elected representative from the National Assembly to make decisions.

The assembly was sacked last month after the Constitutional Court ruled the December 2012 election was null and void. That left only government members appointed by the prime minister.

State Minister for Assembly Affairs and Planning Rola Dashti, who is a member of the government, was elected to the assembly in 2009 and could be considered the sole elected Cabinet member.

However, Abdulhadi said that would mean the entire 2009 assembly would have to be reinstated.

That assembly was twice dissolved, in December 2011 and October 2012.

The court received a similar petition on Sunday and would immediately begin reviewing the arguments, according to Kuwait Times.

The separate petition was filed earlier this month with the Administrative Court demanding the election be postponed until after September 18, when the Constitutional Court is expected to provide legal reasoning for its decision to sack the December assembly.

A date is yet to be set to hear arguments supporting this petition.

The new election is due July 27 and would be the country’s fifth in as many years.

The 2009 assembly was first dissolved in December 2011 following street protests led by the opposition.

A new election was held in February the following year but nullified on June 20, 2012, meaning the 2009 assembly was reinstated, only to be nullified again less than four months later.

The Constitutional Court also last month upheld a change that moves the country to a one-vote system, which is controversial among opposition supporters who claim it goes against them.

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