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Kuwaiti Court Dissolves Assembly for Vote Under Amended Law

Kuwait’s top court ordered the dissolution of parliament and the holding of elections under an amended voting law decreed by the emirate’s ruler and rejected by the opposition.

Constitutional Court head judge Yusuf Al Mutawa’a issued today’s ruling in response to challenges to last year’s election decree by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and some electoral procedures. The emir said in October that he had asked the government to change the electoral system, restricting voters to choosing one candidate instead of four, to “bolster the democratic process” and safeguard unity.