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Kuwait parliament dissolution claims dismissed
September 26, 2017, 11:04 pm
Kuwait’s Speaker Marzouq Al Ganem has dismissed claims the parliament would be dissolved. He said such allegations were routinely made by parties known to all, whenever the parliament is getting ready to convene for a new term, he said.

The speaker attributed the allegations to a drive to incite lawmakers to escalate the situation without taking into consideration all local and regional situations and developments.

“There is nothing at all related to dissolving the parliament right now and in all cases, it is the prerogative of H.H. the Amir,” Al Ganem told reporters in Kuwait City.

The parliament will convene on October 24 following the summer recess after the date was coordinated with the Emir and the government, he added.

“We look forward to a successful term during which we will avoid the mistakes of the past and fulfil as much as possible the aspirations of our citizens,” he said.

Several lawmakers have been making statements they would file motions to grill ministers over several issues when the parliamentary sessions resume. “Questioning ministers and other means available for lawmakers are a constitutional right and can be used as per their own discretion,” Al Ganem said.

The current 50-seat parliament was elected in November last year following the dissolution of the previous legislative assembly in October.

Only six elected parliaments lasted their full terms while nine were dissolved since constitutional life was launched in the northern Arabian Gulf country in 1962.

The first dissolution occurred on 29 August, 1976 upon an Amiri order issued by Shaikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah following sharp disagreements between the government and lawmakers. The parliament was stalled until 1981, Kuwaiti daily Al Anba reported on Monday.” The second time the parliament was dissolved was on 3 July, 1986 following “deep divisions and threats to national unity”. Kuwait remained without a parliament until elections were held in October 1992.

The third dissolution occurred on 4 May, 1999 on the grounds of “abuses of parliamentary tools and the selection of tension and confrontations over positive dialogues”.

The parliament elected on 5 July, 2003 was dissolved on 21 May, 2006 following “deep divisions, mutual accusations and damage to the country’s higher interests”. The fifth dissolution was on `9 March, 2008 as a result of clashes between the legislative and executive branches. A year later, on 18 March, 2009, the parliament was dissolved for the sixth time, with the decree citing “non-compliance with the constitution and the laws”.

The seventh dissolution was on 6 December, 2011 after a severe political crisis that “stalled achievements and threatened the country’s higher interests”.

Elections were held on 4 February, 2012 and the opposition, mainly an Islamist tribal coalition, won 34 of the 50 seats while the women lost their seats. However, the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, rejected them, dissolved the newly-elected parliament and reinstated the parliament elected in 2009. However, the reinstated parliament failed to convene for lack of the required quorum.

The eighth dissolution was on 7 October, 2012 as a consequence of the failure of the lawmakers to show up at the sessions and reach the required quorum.

The ninth parliament to be dissolved in October 2016 was elected in July 2013. The dissolution was to “allow people to elect representatives who would deal with delicate regional developments and the dangers of security challenges”.

Source: Gulf News


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