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Government of Kuwait Files Petition to Rule on Electoral Law

Aug. 20, 2012, midnight


The government of Kuwait has filed a petition for the Constitutional Court to rule on a 2006 electoral law that lowered the number of constituencies and was intended to reduce the possibility of vote buying and tribal influences. In June the Constitutional Court annulled the February parliamentary elections, which resulted in an opposition majority comprised mainly of Islamists, and reinstated the previous assembly that was more aligned with the government. With the government’s decision to appeal to the Constitutional Court—a move the opinion condemns—it is likely that elections slated for October will be pushed back until after a decision has been reached.

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