Kuwait court annuls 2022 parliamentary election

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Mar 2023

A Kuwaiti court on Sunday annulled the results of a parliamentary election held last year, saying it would reinstate the previous slate of lawmakers elected in 2020, according to the state news agency.

Lawmakers attend a session of Kuwait s National Assembly, in Kuwait City, Feb. 8, 2022. AP


"The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court issued a verdict on Sunday annulling the results of the 2022 National Assembly elections," due to discrepancies in the decree dissolving the previous parliament, the official KUNA news agency said.

In its decision, the court cited “discrepancies” in the decree dissolving the 2020 parliament for its ruling.

Authorities did not immediately explain what this meant for Kuwait's parliament. Kuwait has the freest and most active assembly among the Gulf Arab states.

The squabbling has prevented the assembly from passing basic economic reforms, including a public debt law that would allow the government to borrow money, leading to the depletion of its general reserve fund despite its vast oil wealth.

Kuwait, which borders Saudi Arabia and Iraq, has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.

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