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Kuwait's National Assembly likely be dissolved amid unrest over petrol price hikes

New elections will be held within 60 days of termination if Emir issues order

Kuwait's National Assembly likely be dissolved amid unrest over petrol price hikes
(Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait’s National Assembly is likely to be dissolved “within days” as parliamentary sources say the Emir will issue an order Sunday.

The move comes following unrest and conflict over the rise in petrol prices between 40 percent and 80 percent in September. The increase has since seen a large number of lawmakers threatened to file more requests to question ministers over the decision.

“There are strong indications that the National Assembly will be dissolved very soon. I think the decision will be issued within days. I have already taken away some of my belongings from my office. The next supper of the two authorities – Assembly and government – will be the last one,” veteran MP Khalaf Dumaitheer told Kuwait Times yesterday.

MP Ahmad Al-Qudhaibi had filed a request to question justice minister Yacoub Al-Sane over the delay in issuing bylaws of the Anti-Corruption Authority while MPs Ali Al-Khamees, Abdullah Al-Turaiji, MP Faisal Al-Kandari and Ahmad Al-Azemi are planning on filing requests to question finance minister Anas Al-Saleh.

All the requests are related to the hike in petrol prices, which sparked heated reactions from lawmakers and led to a deal between the government and a number of MPs to grant every Kuwaiti driver 75 litres of free petrol every month. The deal had failed to contain lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with the government’s decision.

The National Assembly was first elected in July 2013 after adopting the controversial one-vote electoral system which led opposition groups to boycott the election. The assembly completes its normal four-year term in July. If it is dissolved, new elections will be held within 60 days following which the new assembly would hold its first session two weeks after the results.

Some of the opposition groups such as the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) have decided to end their boycott amid termination rumours and are expected to pitch candidates.