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Kuwait holds snap election after dissolution of parliament

November 26, 2016 - KUWAIT

Following Emir Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah's dissolution of the National Assembly, Kuwaitis will head to the polls in November instead of 2017. The Oct 16 dissolution is nothing new.

Since the country's parliamentary life began in 1962, the emir dissolved the parliament on eight previous occasions: in 1976, 1986, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Only six elected parliaments have lasted full terms.

Al Monitor reports that he cited unspecified "regional circumstances" when he announced the dissolution. The publication notes that dissent is clearly on the rise in Kuwait and so is the monarchy's increasingly authoritarian response to it. The emirate's financial problems, a result of the prolonged period of low oil prices, are exacerbating the tensions. The lowering of fuel subsidies in response to the tighter budget has proved particularly unpopular with civilians and parliamentarians alike.

Will early elections backfire on Kuwait's government? (Oct 2016)

Kuwait's emir just dissolved the country's parliament. Here's why (Washington Post 17 Oct 2016)

Date written/update: 2016-10-25