Kuwait parliamentary vote set for July 27

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Kuwait’s government has stalled a parliamentary election by two days until July 27, according to the official news agency KUNA, as quoted by Reuters.

Last week, the government set July 25 as the date of the parliamentary elections, the sixth to be held in seven years.

The elections were a snap vote ordered earlier this month by Kuwait’s top court, after the current assembly’s dissolution.

Kuwait has long been seen by other Gulf states as an example of democracy, with an active parliament and considerable freedom of expression.

However, the country has been in political turmoil since early 2006 between members of parliament and the government.

Kuwait’s electoral law allowed each voter to select as many as four candidates.

Last October, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah decreed an amendment that reduced the number to just one.

Nationalist, Islamist and Liberal groups called the emir’s decree unconstitutional and allowed the government to manipulate voting results and other legislation.

(With Reuters)

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