Kuwait to hold early general election on 2 February

AFP , Sunday 18 Dec 2011

Four days after Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah swore in a new Cabinet, the Kuwaiti government decides to hold parliamentary elections

Kuwait will hold parliamentary elections on 2 February, official media reported on Sunday, the fourth poll in under six years for the OPEC Gulf state seeking stability.

Education and Justice Minister Ahmad al-Mulaifi said after a Cabinet meeting that the government approved a decree calling on Kuwaiti voters to elect a new parliament on 2 February, the state run KUNA news agency said.

The move comes just four days after Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah swore in a new cabinet with only minor changes to the government that resigned in November over allegations of corruption.

Kuwait has been rocked by political turmoil since Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 71, was appointed prime minister in February 2006.

During Sheikh Nasser's tenure, all seven of his cabinets were forced to resign over political disputes and parliament was also dissolved four times.

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