By Courtney Trenwith
Constitutional Court’s ruling could see the Kuwait parliament serve its full-term for the first time in years
Kuwait’s Constitutional Court has dismissed various petitions calling for the July election to be annulled.
Lawyer Salah Al Hashem had claimed the election – Kuwait’s third in as many years - was invalid because a decision to change to the single vote system, which reallocated a voter’s preference when their elected candidate is eliminated from the race, was not legally approved by the Assembly.
The voting system was changed under an order of the Emir while the Assembly had been dissolved due to a previous court ruling that the December, 2012 election had been invalid. Al Hashem argued that under the constitution, the decision should have been reviewed by the newly-elected Assembly in his first session.
The court dismissed his application and also rejected petitions against election results submitted by some candidates.
The decisions mean the Kuwaiti parliament may serve its entire term – until 2017 – for the first time in years following political instability as elected members of parliament clashed with government ministers appointed by the Emir.
The political wrangling has often been blamed for the top oil producing country lagging behind other, more autocratic, Gulf states in developing its infrastructure.